The museum is an architectural gem with beautiful underground circular spaceship with ceramic embellished light wells poking out of the garden fountains. Interior is pleasant as well soft round shape draws you in. Displays give a good succinct overview of the History of the Island starting with the indigenous inhabitants, the arrival of the French and the horrible conditions of the slave population and its subsequent rebellion.
Post independence is not so enlightening as it merely shows a quick succession of heads of states. There are some nice artifacts displayed belonging to Toussaint Louverture all the way to Papa Doc ephemera. Fairly complete overview of Haitian Art. Tops for me was "Dechoukaj" showing the bloody aftermath of the fall of Baby Doc. No photos allowed. Cheaper to pay in Gourdes.
More people need to visit this museum to learn the harsh yet triumphant history of the Haitian people. I was moved from tears of sadness to tears of jubilation as the museum discusses the aboriginal origins, the trans Atlantic slave trade, the Haitian revolution, to current day Haiti. We requested a tour guide to give us additional insight to what we saw which was very helpful. It is not a large museum and can be seen in less than 2 hours. Near the museum there is a small area where you can buy nice souvenirs such as hand made art work and wood crafts. This is a must see if you visit Port-Au-Prince.
This was a surprise as it is housed in a modernist semi-subterranean building constructed in a vernacular style with striking mosaics. There are the tombs of a number of the Haitian founding fathers in a circle and round the outer walls is a display in historical sequence of Haitian history from the original landings by the Spanish. It is a good introduction to Haiti. There are artifacts from various periods on display although I was rather doubtful about the provenance of one or two. As Port-au-Prince is not blessed with a wealth of museums, this should be a must for visitors.
Rue de la République , Place des Héros de l'Indépendance, Port-au-Prince
This restaurant is located up the mountains above Petion-Ville in a town called Boutilliers. The food is Creole and international. This is an excellent place to go on Friday evenings. They usually have excellent live bands playing on Fridays.
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If you want to have the best view of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, then you need to leave the hectic city behind and head up to the mountains above Petion-Ville, where you will find this place which has become one of the most visited attraction sites in Port-au-Prince; the Boutillier Observatory.
From Boutilliers Haiti l'Observatoire Special Edition of Tele Image - Visite at Quartiers Latin , Hotel Oloffson
Barbara and Valerio Saint-Louis de Tele Image.
Museum du National Pantheon Haitien