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National Museum of Unity, Enugu

The National Museum of Unity, Enugu is a place where rich historical artifacts, art & crafts, models, sculptures, statues and works of art from various part of the country is housed. The museum, founded in 1972, exhibits the heterogeneous culture of Nigeria by displaying invaluable cultural relics from different tribes in Nigeria. This helps in fostering understanding, love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among the various cultural groups in the country.

Tourists and visitors are allowed to come in to the National Museum of Unity, Enugu to have a look at the collections but cameras, phones or any recording equipment are not allowed into the premises. This allows visitors engage in a more intense form of interaction with the cultural relics exhibited. There is usually a narrator on standby, who narrates the history behind each item. Visitors are sometimes allowed see and touch items like the Dakakari Pottery (from Kebbi), Ikenga (for rich Ibos who worship idols), Ere Ibeji (to appease the spirit of dead twins), coal, ritual staffs and divination tools etc.

Guided tours are provided for visitors and interested parties. A research facility is also available for scholars. The three galleries present in this facility are Unity Gallery which presents objects of arts illustrating some common concepts in the belief system of the various ethnic groups of Nigeria. Then there is the Ibo Gallery, which showcases the Ibo world view in relation to the architectural, religious, political, social and economic systems of the Ibo people. Finally is the ‘Enugu the Coal City’ Gallery, which presents the growth and development of Enugu arising from the discovery of coal.

The Museum is quite important and significant in preserving the national cultural heritage of the Country.

 

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65, Abakaliki road GRA, Enugu