Memorial Acte, Pointe-a-Pitre

4.2
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Learn about 15th and 19th century Caribbean history at Memorial Acte. Audioguides, short films, factual documents, and artifacts teach you about slavery and the indigenous population of the Caribbean. The design of the building features interlaced silver steel covering black granite with quartz chips. This represents the millions of lost souls clinging to a black box. No items are allowed inside the museum, so bring some change for the lockers to put your personal belongings in. To visit Memorial Acte on your holiday in Pointe-a-Pitre, and find out what else Pointe-a-Pitre has to offer, use our Pointe-a-Pitre road trip planning tool .
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  • make the MACTe in the MACTe... I had to hear if and a lot of controversy about the Museum, the choice works its orientation and blah blah blah... Hey ben me all this was swept away and I visited... In addition to a frankly successful architecture and an absolutely perfect and precise museography, the Museum fulfills its role... Avoid falling into the intellectualization of the history of slavery and make it accessible to all... History comes in its sounds, its images, its courses, and we take it, live it, share it, in all its brutality and our sensibilities... #jaikiffe
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  • Criticized from all sides, the project "Memorial Act" deserved to looked for him in anticipation of our return flight, at least to get an opinion, better to learn things... That was not my disappointment after this visit to 15 euros. The Center Caribbean expressions and memory of trafficking and slavery (or "Memorial Act" to attract English-speaking tourists) tried (and failed) to mix memory, history, arts (contemporary and ancient) and "emotional experience" (according to the) words of its Director)... Classified as "Museum" (proudly wearing a reward of the European Council at the entrance) but posing as "Memorial" (in reference to that of NY?) we're actually quite lost. First building, very nice (similar to that of Marseille), well located, it gives a certain cachet to the district, even though it is regrettable that the visit of the gateway and level 2 is (that day) not possible. Damage too a little visible restaurant, terrace almost absent despite a magnificent panorama. Little activity around the site on Saturday one wonders if there are visitors or in any case the Guadeloupians who love to get there. Second, the visit, it costs 15 euros for the main/permanent visit. Well it's expensive, but it did cost EUR 83 million and close to the sea in a tropical environment, I dare not imagine the maintenance costs. Either we go for 15 euros. There is an audio guide, a locker to put a smartphone formally banned in the "Museum" (it's authorized parfaitmement in the largest museums in the world but not here) third (and most important), the background, the subject "expressions and the memory of" "trafficking and slavery". Difficult topic, source of conflicts and frustrations in a Department plagued by unemployment, the obsolescence of equipment and one rising crime. And well look no "history" in this "Museum", do not search "a story of slavery"... you will have some history (kindergarten and hollywood) of Guadeloupe, a first incoherent piece completely, a passage you forget the pirates (the boat, the youoouh video) and between all that we'll have a too short real interesting part about the history of slavery. Beautiful card of African empires, taken from the film "the controversy of Valladolid", timeline clever and beautiful... concepts fit pretty well on the first treaties (their causes and consequences) and then up to the trade triangle. "Then we are shown of this Trade Organization (role, status, organization, logistics, regulations...) is not bad but you lose already in quality to the previous parts... then the Museum ' rocking" in memory, or rather in ideology, it comes to the revolts and political phases to abolition (part that could be beautiful), Caribbean experience no authors any nuance in the story, is pure emotion and simplification. Toussaint Louverture is a Knight without fear and without reproach, Napoleon Bonaparte is Darth Vader (the Red Hall lets you well understand), Haiti is free and after the storm the valiant return on their land to found the "paradise" that are the Liberia, the Sierra Leone etc. Fourth, the Museum then switches in what is in my opinion the fundamental error of this museum. "Black" culture against racism of whites, concept worthy of an AG an anti-racist association and not a group of historians and curators, obviously we quickly fall into almost anything: a bit of reggae, obviously Nelson Mandela (in photo), we talking about civil rights in the US, splitting off US and Sudaf... of the Congress of the Sorbonne where in the end: black people of Africa realize that having nothing in common with those of America, the Caribbean, the Indian ocean... the very concept of "negritude" Dear the francophone is treated in a superficial way. FYI: paintings must be informed properly otherwise there is no contrasts (among other "black" characters), same illegible legends... Museum inaugurated in 2015 and we always have the legends of the portrait gallery definitively the pirate ship has nothing to do there 15 euros entry, EUR 83 million for construction... There may be greater thing to put something of dense, detailed, coherent and interesting for the visitor... emotion around slavery and the status of "black" is a mistake, especially since slavery has not affected (and even to this day) of "Blacks"... instead it exceed this concept of skin color. You can make the emotion around something else, slavery is part of history as the war even if there is still slavery and always wars... It is the curators and historians to educate ourselves on the past to understand the present not to associations, policies and other ideologues... Too bad for Guadeloupe and the Caribbean.
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  • Mandatory visit during your stay, visit with audio guide, price €15, beautiful architecture. A lot of emotions during the visit. I learned a lot. Additional info, you must let your bags and cell phones in lockers with keys.
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  • Really surprised to find such a well put together historical representation of the African/American slave trade in a small town on this tiny island. Beautiful building, don't be fooled by the lobby, the exhibit is top notch and the gift store is dope too. Check it out!
  • Quite possibly the world's best museum of the history of slavery. The exhibits are well designed and educational. The building is a modern design - visually intriguing outside and well laid out inside
  • Excellent museum, one of the best I’ve been to in my life in terms of how interactive!
  • Great place to go learn about the history of Guadeloupe and more.
  • A part from being an enormous tribute to the victims of slavery, the monument offers beautiful area to rest, have a picnic ect. and unique view of Pointe à Pitre.

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