Museums in Nigeria
The National Museum in Lagos contains many specimens of Nigerian art, mostly pieces of statues and carvings, remarkable for their variety and quality. It also has archaeological and ethnographic exhibits. Other museums represent more specialized interests: the museum at Ife opened in 1955 in response to halt the looting of national art treasures and contains world-renowned bronze and terra cotta heads, the decorative arts museum at Benin City has a collection of bronzes, and that at Oron has a valuable collection of ancestor carvings.
The museum at Jos, opened in 1952 as the National Museum, is a center of research into the prehistoric culture of Nigeria. The Esie Museum, at Ilorin in Kwara State, has stone antiquities, and the National Museum at Kaduna has archaeological and ethnographic exhibits, including a "craft village." The Owo Museum in Ondo State displays arts, crafts and ethnographic relics. There are also museums in Kano, Argungu and Oshogbo. Lagos also houses the Centre for Black and African Art and Civilization.
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Benin City Museum (Nigeria)
Telephone: (234) 52 201 130
The Owo Museum in Ondo State (Nigeria)
Telephone: (234) 051 41583
The National Museum at Kaduna (Nigeria)
Telephone: +234 (62) 211 180
fax: +234 (62) 263 3890
The National Museum in Lagos (Nigeria)
Telephone: +234 1 263 6005
The Center for Black and African Art and Civilization (Nigeria)
Telephone: +234 (0)1 83 17 34
Telephone: +234 (0)1 80 12 22