Some Museums in Jos Plateau State Nigeria

There are two popular museums located at the same place in Jos city. They are the; Jos Museum and the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture (MOTNA).

Among the many fruits of tin mining now being enjoyed by Plateau State is the Jos Museum which was established to house the many exhibits of archeological interest which were constantly being dug out of the alluvial planes in the quest for tin. The museum is built under the foot of tree-granite hill and close to wooded stream. It is devoted primarily to the archeological and ethnography of the Plateau area, but it is also the research centre for the pre-history of the entire Nigerian Federation. The Museum the first to be established in Nigeria is remarkable for its relics of a highly sophisticated and widespread culture named after the village of Nok in southern Zaria. The Nok culture flourished over a wide area in Nigeria about 2,000 years ago and produced a very remarkable sculpture in Terra Cotta.

Examples of sculptures from all over Nigeria gives the visitor a glimpse of the richness of Nigerian traditional culture and others exhibits including the stone age of the Plateau, as well as skills of local craftsmen.

Jos Museum is also famous for its rich collection of the country’s traditional pottery displayed in a triangular enclosure of trees and ponds.

A Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture (MOTNA) has been established in Jos. This section of the museum is primarily occupied with reproducing past and existing fascinating and original architectural designs from different parts of the country.

Facing the Jos Museum is the Jos Zoological garden which harbors different types of animals, reptiles and birds. Close to the Jos Museum is the Bright of Benin restaurant. The restaurant replicates a Benin boble man’s house.

Markets & places of interest on the Jos-Plateau; Building Materials and Vegetable Market, Gada Biyu Market, Faringada Tomatoes Market,, Langtang Street, Rukuba Road Market,, Jama’a Junction, Mangu Market, Jengre Market, etc.

The Jos-Plateau in Nigeria is also the place to find the following commodities in abundance and at good wholesale and retail prices. Commodities like; vegetables (including Irish potatoes, Cucumber, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Green pepper, Green peas, water melon, Water, Onions, Carrots), grains (including Popcorn, Sorghum, Millet, Yellow Maize, White Maize, Beans, Acha, Rice, Soybeans, Sesame seeds), fruits (including; Oranges, Bananas, Mango, Pineapples, Strawberry, Grape), livestock (including Cow, Calf, Goat, Sheep, Goat, Chicken Eggs, Broiler chicken), and gem stones (including Topaz, Ruby, Tourmaline Blue, Pink Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Quartz, Sapphire), and many more.