National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger), Niamey

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Explore Niger's culture and history at National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger), exhibiting a wide variety of artifacts from skeletons of dinosaur super-crocs to traditional tents with colorful patterns. Founded in 1959, this sprawling museum includes a small zoo, and features a number of Hausa-style pastel pavilions displaying traditional dresses, dwellings, and tools. See Niger in miniature and learn how to differentiate between its diverse ethnic groups. You'll also discover the history of the Sahara, when it was much greener than today. An art gallery hosts contemporary exhibits. Before you head to Niamey, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Niamey trip maker, to make sure you see all that Niamey has to offer, including National Museum of Niger (Musee National du Niger).
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  • Nice place and made for tourists. The museum itself is a bit boring, and if you're into animal rights you shouldn’t go to the zoo connected with it. There is a nice market where you can buy some...  more »
  • We went to the museum because of the MUST SEE review...and that there was NOTHING else to do before our night flight. We enjoyed seeing the various animals from Niger & the museum buildings...  more »
  • As there is nothing to do in Niamey, this elevates the museum/zoo to the level of MUST SEE. But seriously- it’s pretty wretched. Gives you a way to spend 1.5 hours outside on a Sunday, watching the...  more »
  • You get to be very close to the animals, which is nice. But, the animals are cared for a little differently than in the States. It would be great to see the animal's well being thought about more. It is just a little different that what I am accustomed to. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and it wasn't too crowded. There was a little market that you can purchase souvenirs from too.
  • The fossils are cool, but they are kept in the worst condition possible. This museum is also operating a small zoo, but the poor animals are not getting the treatment that they need. They should be released in the wild.
  • You will find pre-historic dinoseur fossil here.
  • The museum consists of three parts: the zoo, the art workshops and the actual museum, whereby the parts are mixed and presented in smaller buildings on a large outdoor area. In the zoo, the animals of the country are cruelly kept in tiny pavilions: lions, monkeys and even hyenas, also river animals like hippos and crocodiles. In the art workshops wood figures, silver jewellery and leather products are manufactured and offered for sale. The museum itself shows some of the most typical artefacts, whereby the most impressive one is the replica of a dinosaur skeleton found close to Agadez in the Sahara. Furthermore, there are musical instruments, coins and notes, weapons, traditional clothing and other finds from excavations in the Sahara, thematically arranged in individual pavilions. Then there is a very shady exhibition about the uranium exploitation in the north of the country, but no word about the miners' working conditions and about the conflicts with the Tuareg, on whose grassland the yellow matter is being mined. The entrance fee is moderate but photo permit is charged on top. You can book a guide at the entrance, which is not necessary but can be helpful and they are much appreciative if they get a small job.
  • The only attraction I found is "dianosaur fossils" in the museum.. ofcourse zoo has many animals,but sadly they in very bad condition.. I felt sad to see.. The services could be better and the arrangements for those animals could be comfortable,but responsible people/officers for zoo don't bother it seems.. I hope they will try to do better arrangements for those innocent animals. If not,then better set them free in their natural habitat..

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