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National Museum Benin City
The National Museum Benin City was opened in 1973. Currently, they are working to upgrade the building and redo the exhibits. As part of this effort NMAfA is planning to send Alonge exhibit components to the museum.
The Benin City National Museum is located in the city centre on King’s Square. The museum has a significant number of artifacts related to the Benin Empire such as terracotta, bronze figures and cast iron pieces. They also cary ancient art related to the early times.
The Legacy Nigerian Railway Museum, Lagos Nigeria
There is no doubt that modern rail transportation has left the “obsolete” Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC)’s machines in Lagos behind and turned it into one huge yard of antiquated technology. But inside this vast NRC complex, which stretches across Yaba to Ebute Meta is a museum, quietly evolving, courtesy of a non-governmental initiative. The museum, which is the first part of what is projected as a three sections facility, Legacy Nigeria Railway Museum is known as Francis Jaekel House.
Named after the British colonial era railway authority’s General Manager, Jaekel, it houses objects, pictures, documents and other related materials of railway history in Nigeria. Jaekel was the first. GM of the then railway management, and served for 27 years, living in the house that was then known as Quarter 17. Jaekel wrote a 3 Volumes of History of Nigeria Railway and retired as a Chief Superintendent. Jaekel served between 1938-1965. According to a text, the first section of rail tracks in Nigeria were laid from Iddo to Otta in 1896. ‘With more sections added, in the following years’ the line from Iddo to Ibadan, was opened on 4 March 1901.” The Legacy Nigerian Railway Museum is located in Lagos Mainland, Lagos.
Gidan Makama Museum Kano or Kano Museum
Gidan Makama Museum Kano or Kano Museum is a museum in Kano, Nigeria. This building served as temporary palace of Kano before the current palace Gidan Rumfa was constructed in the 15th century. The museum has a significant collections of arts, crafts and items of historic interest related to the Kano area Located in a 15th-century historical building, which is recognised as a National Monument by the Government of Nigeria. The museum is divided into 11 galleries, each with their own centre of focus. Galleries include the Zaure or the main entrance hall with displays of traditional materials, city walls and maps of Kano, the history of statehood, Kano in the 19th century, the Civil War, economy, industry and music. An open space inside the museum acts as a performance stage for a Koroso dance and drama group.
The house was originally built in the 15th century for Muhammad Rumfa then the young grandchild of the monarch who had just been appointed Makama Kano, a traditional title. Rumfa later became King and moved to a new palace but subsequent Makamas lived in the building. After the British capture of Kano in 1903, the place briefly served as an office for the colonial officers in Kano. The structure was later divided into three parts. One section became a museum ran by the Department of Antiquities, another became a primary school and a third maintained the original intention as a residential building. Gidan Makama is now part of museums under management of the National Commission of Museums and Monuments and one of the old structures depicting traditional Hausa architecture. The structure originally contained mud walls typical of the period but in later years some modern renovation work has taken place.
The museum is located on Emir Palace road and it is divided into 11 galleries with each containing some aspects of traditional Kanawa artifacts, pictures, musical instruments, handicraft and materials. The galleries are the rooms and courtyards of the old Makamas and depicts the style of a traditional residence of a Kano aristocrat. The entrance of the gates exhibited some historical pots believed to have been excavated at Kofar Kabuga, a gate within the Kano city wall and also two colonial cannons. The building hosts 11 galleries.
National War Museum Umuahia, Abia State
The National War Museum Umuahia was established for the glory of Nigeria and for the purposes of “preserving for posterity, Nigerian war efforts through the ages” and for “consolidating the gains of National Unity.” The Motto of the Museum is “That they did not die in vain.” The Museum is considered as a memorial2 to the soldiers, civilians and all other casualties of war and conflicts in Nigeria, particularly the Nigerian Civil War. The establishment of the War Museum is not an attempt to glorify the war effort but an attempt to demonstrate that wars are never solutions to conflicts. The exhibitions in the Museum are meant to promote a society devoid of conflict, tribulation, rancor and disharmony. Drawing from comments from these influential members of the Nigerian military which set up the museum, one could deduce that the main reasons for its establishment was to preserve Nigeria’s war relics and to serve as a center for research and information on warfare in Nigeria. Also, the Museum is a tourist attraction and a place for the exhibition of war-time technology.
The Museum consists of permanent exhibitions in three exhibition galleries in addition to the Open Air Museum and the Museum Annex. They are the Traditional Warfare Gallery that displays the evolution of weapons both in pictures and objects, from the earliest times to the present day; the Armed Forces Gallery showing the evolution of Nigerian Army from 1963 to date, the diverse roles of the Nigerian Army from 1963 to date and the important personnel of the Nigerian Navy, the Air Force and their soft ordinances; the Civil War Gallery which has on display photographs of the victims of the coup d’état of 15th January 1966 as well as photographs and objects related to the Nigerian Civil War of 1967 to 1970. The Open Air Museum which is in three sections, exhibits heavy military hardware used during the Nigerian Civil War by the Army, the Navy and the Air force. A guided tour of the Museum usually begins at the Traditional Warfare Gallery.
Umuahia, a strategic and popular railway town, known before the Civil War for its extensive commercial transactions in oil palm produce and reception of goods from the Northern part of Nigeria, was chosen as the site for the museum for two main reasons. It was the administrative capital of the Biafran nation after the fall of Enugu in 1967. Not only was it the last seat of Biafran government, many of the important battles for the survival of Biafra was fought around this area. Secondly, it has the two best preserved bunkers which housed the Voice of Biafra (V.O.B.), Biafra’s major news outlet to the outside world and the Ojukwu Bunker, the subterranean seat of the Biafran Government.
As one veers off into the narrow“Museum Road,” off Umuahia-Uzuakoli road, the noise of the city ceases abruptly and serenity greets the visitor. Approaching the museum complex, the view of the hull of a warship peeps from the surrounding vegetation and gradually comes into full view with various war planes in the background. From the museum one has a view of some part of Umuahia city, with the spectacular rusty roofs of buildings, dotted with bright colours of new ones. The museum complex is surrounded by farmlands and fallow lands which further add to its serenity.
Kalakuta Republic Museum
Legendary musician Fela Kuti’s former house and revolutionary headquarters is now a fascinating museum with everything intact from Fela’s bedroom to his (very small) underwear. Breath deep and you may even catch a high. And hang around on the rooftop terrace and you might catch a band rehearsal or performance. Lagos’ Kalakuta Republic Museum, a fascinating site full of history, is set in the former home and revolutionary headquarters of famous musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The building was Kuti’s home from the 1970s until his death in 1997 and is now open as a museum for travelers to explore. A number of personal artifacts and household items are on display.
Kuti was a great advocate of human rights and expressed his concerns about the corruption and dictatorship of the then military government of Nigeria through his music. The afrobeat legend’s trademark clothes and shoes feature heavily at the museum, while his bedroom and living room have been left almost untouched, with additional photographs and other items also proudly displayed, such as his saxophone and various album covers.
The museum is the result of Kuti’s family’s efforts to promote the late musician’s legacy, and was officially opened to the public on October 15, 2012, to mark Kuti’s birthday.
Tour the Kalakuta Museum—highlighting the life of legendary Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti—in Lagos with a private guide. Opened in 2012, the property served as Kuti’s residence from the 1970s until his 1997 death. Kuti is buried in a mausoleum on the grounds. See his preserved bedroom as well as other artifacts and exhibits pertaining to his life throughout the space. There’s also an onsite gift shop and a rooftop bar where you can savor a cocktail (own expense) while reflecting on Kuti’s many musical contributions. The Kalakuta Republic Museum is located in downtown Lagos, not far from the New Africa Shrine and other Lagos attractions. There is also a gift shop and rooftop bar at the museum.
Right from the minute you step into the Kalakuta Museum grounds, first on the left is the Mausoleum where the late Afrobeat Legend was buried. Then from there you find the main entrance, leading to the ground floor of the Museum, here you find Televisions showing clips of late Fela on stage during his life time. On the ground floor you will find the souvenir shop filled with memorabilia of the late Fela, from T-shirts,to gift items and CD compilations of Fela’s music. Then up the stairs to the second floor which holds his bedroom, his clothes worn during his tours and stage performances, awards and more pictures of him, his families and his many wives(29). From here you get to the last floor which is an open Roof Top bar. Here you can soak up the sun while having your lunch with Fela’s music playing.