Nigeria has lots of ancient artifacts, traditional artworks and cultural pieces that have been kept and put on display for younger generations to see and learn from. Here is a list of museums in Nigeria;
This museum was opened in 1945 and it’s adjudged to be the first museum in Nigeria. It is known to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world. Currently, the Esie museum is now used for religious activities and it hosts a festival annually. It’s situated in Esie, Kwara State.
Gidan Makama Museum
The museum is located on Emir Palace road in Kano. It has 11 galleries that display several traditional Kanawa artifacts, musical instruments, pictures and materials. The Museum served as a palace and was built in the 15th century. The galleries were the rooms and courtyards of the old Makamas (Royal Lords) and depict the style of a traditional residence of a Kano aristocrat.
Benin City National Museum
Located in Benin city (the city center on King’s square), is a museum that houses quite a number of important and ancient artefacts related to the Benin Empire such as terracotta, cast iron samples and bronze pieces.
If you’re looking for the finest specimens of Nok terracotta heads and artifacts, Jos Museum is that place.It was established in 1952 by Bernard Fagg and was originally the National Museum. It’s an important center of research into the prehistoric culture of Nigeria.
Owo Museum is in Owo, Ondo State. It was founded in 1968 and it houses royal artifacts, cultural artworks and old pieces. Due to its proximity to Ife and Benin, it houses lovely artifacts from both traditions.