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NCMM Nigeria

“Great heritage for a greater future”

NCMM Nigeria

“Great heritage for a greater future”

NCMM Nigeria

“Great heritage for a greater future”


The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) is an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, responsible for the preservation, promotion, and development of Nigeria’s cultural heritage. Established in the 1940s, the NCMM is responsible for the management of all National Museums and Monuments in Nigeria, including ancient artefacts, traditional architecture, and historical sites. Its main aim is to preserve and promote the diverse tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Nigeria for generations to come. NCMM is involved in Exhibition, Research, Education, and Community Engagement programs aimed at creating awareness and appreciation of Nigeria’s rich history and cultural heritage. The Commission also conducts archaeological excavations and surveys in various parts of the country, creating opportunities for further research and development in the field of cultural heritage management.





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Vision Statement

A stable museum system, which ensures the preservation and integration of the Nigerian cultural and natural heritage within the local and national developmental process and the world heritage network.


Mission Statement

The systematic collection, preservation, study and interpretation of the material evidence (tangible and intangible) of the development of the peoples of Nigeria and Nigerians in the Diaspora.



"Great heritage for a greater future"







“A Visit to a Museum is a search for Knowledge, Truth & Historical Meaning. Go to Museums as often as you can”

Olugbile Holloway, DG NCMM

Olugbile Holloway

Director-General / CEO NCMM Nigeria

On 21st March, 2024, President Bola Tinubu appointed OLUGBILE HOLLOWAY as the 8th substantive Director-General/CEO of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).

Olugbile brings a rich reservoir of strategic thinking and cultural insight. His proven ability to navigate diverse industries and drive impactful outcomes, coupled with his track record of success in shaping brand narratives and fostering growth, positions him as a dynamic leader. He is ready to make a profound impact in his new role, steering the commission towards innovation and excellence.

The President Welcomes the Museum

The Ex-President, Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, recently received in audience, the former DG NCMM Prof. Abba Isa Tijani at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.

Prof Tijani used the opportunity to brief the President on activities, recorded successes and challenges of the Commission.

This visit was during the tenure of the former President. Nigeria has since May 29, 2023 welcomed a new President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Digitization of Museum Collections at National Museum Lagos

This project involves creating detailed 3D scans of artifacts, ensuring they are preserved digitally and accessible to a broader audience.Digitization of Museum Collections at National Museum LagosThe artifacts digitization project at the National Museum Lagos is...

NCMM Partners ILTA For a Strategic Road Map

This initiative represents a significant step forward in our ongoing efforts to revitalize the museums and monuments sector, ensuring that it achieves the profound impact we envision.NCMM Partners ILTA For A Strategic Road MapThe National Commission for Museums and...

Holloway Receives U.S. President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement

  Before proceeding to the John k Randle Center to be received by the Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu.  Holloway Receives U.S. President's Advisory Council on African Diaspora EngagementOn 14th of July 2024, marked a significant occasion as our...

2024 International Museum Day Celebration in Abuja

  High-Octane Glamour as Olugbile Holloway Hosts Maiden International Museum Day in Abuja  High-Octane Glamour as Olugbile Holloway Hosts Maiden International Museum DayIt was a beautifully glorious day for the NCMM as 2024 IMD was celebrated at the Chinese...

More Benin Bronzes Return Home

These stools were taken during the punitive expedition of 1897 and date back to the 17th century.The Benin Bronzes are a group of several thousand metal plaques and sculptures that decorated the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin, in what is now Edo State,...

The Museum Magazine 2023

     Free Download Click to DownloadThe Museum Magazine 2023It gladdens the heart to note that considerable attention is recently being paid to the museum Institution in Nigeria. The immediate past administration led by Mohammadu Buhari demonstrated...

Outstanding Eulogies As ‘Mama Heritage’ Takes A Bow

     Outstanding Eulogies As 'Mama Heritage' Takes A BowIt was a magnificent outing at the NCMM Headquarters in Abuja when the Department of Monuments, Heritage & Sites threw a stellar send-off party in honour of Ms. Victoria Ndidi Osuagwu who on...

Nigeria Collaborates With Switzerland Over Benin Antiquities

     Nigeria Collaborates with Switzerland Over Benin AntiquitiesRecently, the Director-General, Prof. Abba Tijani led a Nigerian Delegation to Switzerland under the Swiss-Benin Initiative to discuss the future of Benin Collections in Swiss Museums. The...

The President Welcomes the Museum

     The President Welcomes the MuseumThe President, Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, recently received in audience, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.  Prof Tijani used the opportunity to brief the President on activities,...

22 Benin Bronzes Handed-over by Germany to Nigeria in Abuja

     22 Benin Bronzes Handed-over by Germany to Nigeria in AbujaGerman Foreign Minister, @abaerbock Annalena Baerbock and @claudiaroth_official  Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and Media, has today, returned 22 Benin objects to Nigeria. The...

NCMM Profile

The Federal Government of Nigeria, through Decree 77 of 1979, established the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) as a replacement to the Federal Antiquities Department. The NCMM was established to manage the collection, documentation, conservation and presentation of the National cultural properties to the public for the purposes of education, enlightenment and entertainment. This Decree has now been re-enacted as NCMM Act, cap N19, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Kano City Walls and Gates

The Ancient Kano City Walls were built as a defensive wall with the construction of the foundation laid by Sarki Gijimasu (r. 1095–1134), the third king of the Kingdom of Kano in the Kano Chronicle. In the mid-14th century during the reign of Zamnagawa, the wall was completed before it was further expanded during the 16th century. According to historians, the then General-Governor of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria, Fredrick Lugard, wrote in a 1903 report about the Kano Walls that he had “never seen anything like it in Africa” after capturing the ancient city of Kano along with British forces.

Benin Arts

The materials used in Benin’s royal arts—primarily brass, ivory, and coral—are endowed with sacred power. The innate value of these materials within Benin and the time and skill that is invested in working them reflect the earthly and otherworldly influence of the Oba and the great wealth of his kingdom. Benin’s royal arts belong to a tradition that favors convention even as it promotes creativity and innovation, especially as a reflection of royal prerogative. Through time, rulers have used the arts to interpret the history of the kingdom and to orient themselves with the past in an effort to support their own initiatives and define their images for posterity

Tada Sitting Figure

Tsoede, also known as Tsudi, Tsade or Edegi or Ichado in Igala language, is a legendary African leader. He was the first person to unite the Nupe people, and is considered the first Etsu Nupe, ruler of the Nupe Kingdom, between the Niger and Kaduna rivers in what is now central Nigeria.

His father was a prince of Igala, and his mother was a Nupe maiden. He was brought up among the Nupe. The Igala people required a regular tribute of slaves from the Nupe, and Tsoede was sent as a slave to the Igala capital Idah. There, he was recognised by his father, now the Atta (king), and his father took him into his palace. He rose in favour and became heir apparent, but was forced to flee after the father’s death.

Esie Soapstone

Esie is an archaeological site in which over 1,000 soapstone figures of men, women, children and animals are located and originally found in a grove surrounded by Peregun trees. After a great deal of pushback from the people that worshiped these objects, they were eventually housed in what is now the Esie Museum. There are also a few at the National Museum of Lagos and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. These soapstone figures are one of the largest collections of stone carvings in Africa. The origins of these figures is mysterious. Esie traditions contend that they are the petrified remains of foreign visitors, while more recent scholarship postulates that the figures were carved by Yoruba people in an area located very close to the site on which they were foun.

Nok Art

Nok art refers to huge human, animal, and other figures made out of terracotta pottery, made by the Nok culture and found throughout Nigeria. The terracottas represent the earliest sculptural art in West Africa and were made between 900 B.C.E. and 0 C.E., concurrent with the earliest evidence of iron smelting in Africa south of the Sahara desert.

Lagos Museum

The 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. Of note is a terracotta 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. It is located at Onikan, Lagos Island. The museum is administered by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.

“National Commission for Museums and Monuments is the Cultural Central Bank of Nigeria”

Dr. O. J. Eboireme - Late Former Director General, NCMM

Museum Facts

National Museum Esie is the first museum to be established in Nigeria. The museum was established in Nigeria in 1945. It is reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.

There are 53 National Museum Stations spread across the country, these stations house the rich history of Nigeria as well as exhibitions depicting the cultural diversity of Nigeria

In the past years, sixty-five (65) National Monuments and Sites have been declared, while a hundred (100) additional ones are being proposed for declaration as National Monuments to mark Nigeria’s Centenary.

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