Citadelle Artillery Museum Opens for Tourism

As part of the Ministry of Tourism's efforts to attract more tourism to Haiti, the Citadelle Museum of Artillery was launched on November 17, 2013. In attendance were Minister of Culture, Josette Darguste; Institute for the Protection of National Heritage (ISPAN) Director General, Monique Rosann; and the Musee du Panthéon National Haïtien Curator and Director, Michèle G. Frisch. The Ministry of Tourism Director General, Maryse Noel, presided.


La Citadelle Museum houses the most impressive examples of 18th century canons, mortars, and howitzers. Cast in iron or bronze of French, English, Spanish, and Italian origin, they represent the victories of the Haitian military over foreign invaders, under the command of Generals Toussaint Louverture, and his successor, Jean Dessalines. Haiti liberated itself under Dessalines, who became the island's first non-royal ruler.

ISPAN provided the funding for the restoration of La Citadelle and the incorporation of the artillery museum into its corpus. Other areas of the museum remain to be restored: the officers' quarters and Governors' Palace.

La Citadelle is also known as the Henry Christophe Citadelle in honor of Haiti's first king. Curator Frisch referred to Christophe as a "King Builder" and La Citadelle Artillery Museum would open ". . . new travel through time and the vision of . . . Christophe"

Director Rosann gave thanks to the Founding Fathers, who helped birth the first Black-led Republic in the world and pledged ". . . our civic engagement to keep it beautiful and worthy . . ."

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