Musée National Boubou Hama is the national museum of Niger, located in Niamey. It was founded in 1959 as Musée National du Niger. The museum is located in a park, it consists of a cultural and a scientific section and a zoo. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.
The museum houses several collections, including paleontological, prehistoric, mineralogical, historical, numismatic, zoological and ethnographic, as well as Arab and Ajamis manuscripts. The diversity of these collections is considerable in all thematic fields.
The collection of the museum is actually housed in several separate pavilions constructed in Hausa style, blue and white paint with decorative elements on the outside.
The museum has a large area to display the national heritage. There are utensils, weapons, clothes, traditional dwellings of different Nigerien cultures, and more on display from the various ethnic groups living in Niger: the Tuareg, Songay, Hausa, Fula, and more. There also is a giant cow skull.
The prehistoric collections is the highlights of the museum. Niger’s extraordinary fossil record includes Africa’s greatest dinosaurs and extinct crocodiles, footprints, and towering fossil trees. Unearthed in the Ténére Desert and elsewhere, these fossils paint a vivid picture of life on Africa during the Dinosaur Era, more than 100 million years ago. The famous prehistoric collection is the Ouranosaurus skeleton in the museum.
Niger’s extraordinary archaeological record includes the largest burial site in the Sahara. Hundreds of human skeletons and thousands of artifacts predate the Egyptian pyramids and vividly reveal the oasis-centered lifestyle of the “Green Sahara”.
If you want to get more information about the museum and its exhibitions, link up with the following links: http://www.museenationalduniger.ne/.