Nigerian National Museum

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View of the museum's exterior

Nigerian National Museum is a national museum of Nigeria, located in the city of Lagos. The museum has a notable collection of Nigerian art, including pieces of statuary and carvings and archaeological and ethnographic exhibits.[1] Of note is a terra-cotta human head known as the Jemaa Head (c. 900 to 200 BC), part of the Nok culture. The piece is named after Jema'a, the village where it was uncovered. [2] It is located at Onikan, Lagos Island.


The museum was founded in 1957 by the English archaeologist Kenneth Murray.[3][4] It also has educated many Nigerians, Englishmen, and tourists on the history and culture of the country Nigeria.

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  1. ^ Nations Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Atwood, Roger. "The Nok of Nigeria". Archaeology. Archaeological Institute of America. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Adio, Segun (12 February 2011). "History on display at the National Museum". National Mirror. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Robson, Emily (April 2010). "Featured Artist: Benedict (Ben) Chukwukadibia Enwonwu". University of Chichester. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 

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