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Title:Reaching out to the public: Nigerian museum services
Author:Okpoko, A. IkechukwuISNI
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Museums in Africa are supposed to perform the threefold function of documentation, research and instruction in the countries where they are located. Services of museums in Nigeria include the acquisition of museum artefacts; conservation of cultural material; satisfying the needs of the public through the exhibition and display of cultural objects; and art education of children. Outreach programmes are services offered by the museum to the public outside the museum environment. In Nigeria these services are handled by the Museum Education Service Unit of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments. Despite all these services, more than half of the country's population is not interested in museums. This lack of interest may partly be due to the fact that Nigerian museums are yet to assume a wholly African character. This lack of African character may be a result of the colonial legacies inherited by African museums. Bibliogr.