October 21, 2017

Places To Visit While In Edo State (part 2)

Benin City Museum, Benin City, Nigeria

Benin City Museum is a premier national museum. It is located at the city centre along King’s Square. National Museum Benin City boasts of a notable number of historic and cultural artifacts like the bronze figures, cast iron pieces, and terracotta related to the Benin Empire.

Tips:
Cameras are not allowed into the museum.


Benin City Museum Entrance Fee
The gate fee is 300 naira per adult and 200 naira per children and 1000 naira for foreigners.
Some of the fun activities you can enjoy at the Benin City Museum:

Explore the Oba Akenzua Gallery on the ground floor of Benin National Museum. Some of the major artifacts here include the head of the renowned Queen Idia, samples of shotguns used during the Ida war and bronze casting of a gun powder keg.

·         Look through some of the beautiful artifacts from within Benin City, neighboring communities and Delta State on the first floor.

·         Get a glimpse of the various historic relics and artifacts from around the country on the last floor also known as Unity Gallery.

·         From the bronze throne presented to the emperor by the head of Portugal to various traditional clothing’s and craft work, get an insight into the ancient history of the Benin people.

·         Get a souvenir from the museum gift shop, ranging from batik fabrics to various traditional drinking vessels and jewelry items.

OBA OF BENIN'S PALACE, BENIN CITY, NIGERIA

Oba of Benin's Palace is a cultural centre located in the heart of Benin, Edo State. It is notably home to the Oba of Benin and other royal rulers. The royal palace of the Oba of Benin was made a UNESCO heritage site in 1999.

Tips:
There are a number of restricted areas within the Oba’s Palace like the royal women’s quarters and the Ehengbuda shrine. Therefore, visitors are advised to get a guide who is familiar with the Oba of Benin's palace when visiting.

Visitors are advised to take note of the various taboos at the Oba of Benin’s palace like the wearing of black apparels is forbidden, pointing fingers is seen as a sign of disrespect and whistling is prohibited.

Some of the things you can do at the Oba of Benin’s Palace;
·         Learn about the rich history of the Royal Palace of Oba of Benin, built by Oba Ewedo in 1255AD – 1280AD and how it was demolished in 1897 during the British expedition.

·         Take a tour of the palace.

·         Appreciate and take pictures of the unique architectural palace design.

·         Learn about the history of Benin Kingdom and the cultural representation of the Oba’s palace.


Ogba Zoological Garden, Benin City, Nigeria

The Ogba Zoological Garden covers over 20 hectares of reserved forest. The Zoo has various wildlife on display for lovers of animals and nature to visit and have a look at.

Best time to Visit Ogba Zoological Garden
Ogba Zoological Garden can be visited at any time of the year. The Zoo is opened every weekday from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Ogba Zoological Garden has an array of wildlife and flora. Visit you are a lover of wildlife, visit the Zoo to view the animals on display as well as learn about the scientific work going on in the zoo.

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