The National Museum in Calabar is housed in a building which used to serve as the residence and administrative office of the British colonial government in Calabar. The museum houses artifacts and documents that go as far back as the colonial period. It also has a collection of ritual terracotta and several materials of antiquity unearthed by Professor Ekpo Eyo which dates as far back as the middle ages.
In the museum, you will find various materials that have to do with the slave trade, palm oil trade and the colonization of Nigeria by British. The museum is said to house the world’s largest collection of original Nigerian documents and artifacts.
Best time to visit Calabar
The Museum can be visited at any time of the year during weekdays.
Go in a group. The museum apparently readily open the gates to group tours rather than single individuals. Cameras are not allowed in the museum
The National Museum in Calabar serves many purposes for tourists and visitors, as a result, there are a number of things to be done in the Museum
Admission into the National Museum Calabar
Gate fee costs N100 per head.
There are a lot of colonial architectures in Calabar, making it a tourist hot spot in Nigeria. Some the major tourist attractions around Calabar National Museum include: the Duke Church which is one of the oldest churches in Nigeria, a cemetery containing the tomb of Mary Slessor who was famous for the abolition of the killing of twins is located close to church, the Drill Monkey Rehab Centre and the Slave Museum.