National Museum


The museum has some amazing artefacts, though the presentation is a little dishevelled. The Cycle of Life exhibit explores traditional Nigerian life, from birth to death to afterlife. Exhibits include a clay Yoruba pot to bury an umbilical cord and an Egungun masquerade costume used for dancing during a chief's funeral; the voluminous orange cape has sequins, coins and beads attached.

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Nearby Lagos attractions

1. Tafawa Balewa Square

0.13 MILES

Named for Nigeria's first prime minister, this is Lagos' commercial heart and has some remarkable monuments. They include statues of gargantuan horses,…

8. St John's Church

1.18 MILES

More than 160 years old, this is one of the most venerable Anglican churches in Nigeria.