There are quite a number of museums around Nigeria. The country’s museums are replete with various archaeological and historic artefacts. However, a museum will most likely not top the list of places you want to go for a tour. But, besides being educational, there is a lot of fun you can have when you visit a museum with your friends. Besides, it’s a great excuse to hang out with family or friends. Here are a few of the choicest museums in Nigeria:
National Museum, Benin
The ancient city of Benin is a city to visit on its own to experience real culture and tradition. Hence, it is not a surprise that a National Museum is situated in the heart of the city. At the museum, you will find a rich collection of sculpture works such as terracotta, Benin Bronze and various colourful crowns belonging to some of the Obas of Benin. It was established in 1973. Visit the museum to learn about Benin City.
National Museum, Kaduna
Kaduna is another state that is endowed with terracotta heads and many traditional artefacts of old Northern Nigeria.
Located in Onikan in the heart of Lagos, this National museum is home to various art and cultural works. It was founded in 1957. It holds many of the relics of Nigeria’s precolonial, colonial and military history especially the ones that are Lagos-related. Unfortunately, the museum is a shadow of itself despite the fact that it is located in the centre of excellence.
Jos is where you will find Nok Terracotta heads. These heads are very important because they are as old as humans itself. The heads also reveal the occupation of the people of that time. Although some of them have been carted away, you can find these beautiful heads at the Jos museum which is located near the Jos Zoo. It was established in 1952.
National War Museum, Umuahia
Although not many Nigerians want to talk about the Biafran war, it is an important part of our history. The best place to be schooled about the war is the National War Museum. Some the things you will find include Ojukwu Bunker, items related to the Aba Women Riot and Enugu Coal Miner Riots, and the popular Ogbungwe bomb among others. Visit the museum to relive the bloody civil that happened between 1967 and 1970.
The Calabar Museum is located in a former British governor’s house overlooking the river. The museum has a great collection ranging from Calabar’s days as the Efik kingdom to the slave, palm-oil trade, and the colonial period.
The Didi Museum is the first private museum in Nigeria. It was opened in 1983. Beyond their fascinating collections of arts and crafts, some of the other things you can do at the museum include Book-reading, and Poetry & Jazz night. It is located on Victoria Island, Lagos.