“It’s story time!”
“Would you like to hear a little story about the animal kingdom?” He began.
A bundle of kindergarten hands went up.
“Long ago in a distant land, there lived two friends, the Lion and…”
A few months ago, I visited Ile Ife – cradle of yoruba culture and my crispy itinerary included a visit to a friend, an Art Gallery and the Natural History Museum.
If you haven’t seen the writeup, maybe you should subscribe to my amazing travel content. It’s just after this blogpost.
In today’s blogpost, I’m not going to be writing much about my trip which is quite unusual and that’s so because the tour guide was preoccupied with a TV Show.
The Natural History Museum is specifically easy to find because its within the Obafemi Awolowo University premises. However, Google Maps really helped me with the location, the Museum is a bit hidden and it’s better to ask for directions.
Yep! And it’s pretty cheap too. There’s a small price tag of 600 Naira for regular visitors while student-visitors get a discounted fee. I paid a little less at the time. Plus, unlike Osun-Osogbo Grove, there were no fees for taking pictures or recording videos.
Let’s Begin [What’s Inside?]…
Animal Body Parts, Rock Formations, Nigerian Molluscs, Insects and many other Displays in Progress were showcased in the Museum. In addition, Artworks and other Artefacts gifted to the institution improved the indoor appearance of the place.
You know what, I think I’ve said enough… maybe you need to see for yourself.
The NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
The Museum was commissioned by Mr. A. P. Leventis, Chairman A. G. Leventis Comglomerate
It is furnished with gifts such as artworks, artefacts and fossils
This Rolls Royce belongs to the 49th Ooni of Ife, and Former Governor of the Western Region in the 1960s, Oba Adesoji Aderemi (d. 1980). It was donated to the Museum.
“The Animal Kingdom”
Mammals …doing whatever mammals do
Invertebrates …coping without a spine
Molluscs …being classy
Minerals …acting all natural
Plant and Crop …sitting pretty
Skeletal Exhibit a.
Skeletal Exhibit b.
Did You Know?
Preserving animal body parts takes a lengthy six-week process. First, animals are disembowelled before undergoing special treatment in a chemically preserved or tanning solution – potash, ethanol or borax.
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The Natural History Museum not only provides a safe environment to study the biology of animals up close, but also provides truckloads of information about how they survive and adapt in the wild. Will you learn about the animals, insects, birds, rocks and minerals and plants?
Think about it for a minute…if thousands have visited the Natural History Museum since its opening on 25th February, 2011.
WHY NOT YOU?!
Thanks for Reading and Please share in the comments below if you have been to any Museum recently…
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