Tafawa Balewa Square
Named for Nigeria's first prime minister, this is Lagos' commercial heart and has some remarkable monuments. They include statues of...
Formerly the Old Broad Street Prison, a colonial-era instrument of oppression, it has recently been turned into a cultural centere,...
Jankara Market is the largest market in Lagos and sells everything from tie-dyed cloth, trade beads and jewellery to pirate cassettes,...
Part of Bogobiri House , this is a lovely place for a drink (and eat) – mellow in the day and happening at night. There's an attached...
Vegetarians suffer in Nigeria, but this Indian restaurant comes to the rescue. With tasty and filling portions at good prices, this is a...
Awolowo Rd · interesting places nearby
National Museum information
The National Museum is definitely worth seeing, but note - no cameras are allowed. The star attractions are the brasses from Benin City, which get their own gallery. The Nok Terracottas are also well represented. Another gallery dedicated to traditional symbols of power contains carved ivory and a royal host of crowns. A less fortunate symbol of power is the bullet-riddled car in which Murtala Mohammed was assassinated in 1976. This museum also operates a nonprofit crafts centre, which stocks a good range of batik cloth, woodcarvings and textiles at fixed prices. There's a fine range of intricately decorated calabashes from across Nigeria.
The museum has a small crafts village with woodcarvings and other handicrafts for sale at fixed prices; you might also see a demonstration of adire - cloth-making from Abeokuta.
The museum is 150m southeast of Tafawa Balewa Sq, a huge arena adorned by statues of gargantuan horses. In the square is Remembrance Arcade, with memorials to Nigeria's dead from two world wars and the Biafran conflict.