Gidan Makama Museum: A glimpse through the galleries of ancient Kano

Into the next gallery, one is welcomed with the history of Kano city from its pagan period to the present day. There’s a shrine of an idol called Tsumburbura, which could be seen on top of Dala hill with a picture of worshippers under the hill.

The exhibition of ancient farm implements and hunting instruments are also there for visitors to see in other galleries, as they help explain the types of crops grown at that time; crops like millet, sorghum, cowpea, and groundnut.

There are also samples of war instruments such as iron and leather shield, sword and gun that are exhibited in the next gallery.

Inset: Gidan Makama Museum (Home town)

In summary, the galleries include the Zaure or the main entrance hall with displays of traditional materials, city walls, and maps of Kano, the history of statehood, Kano in the 19th century, the Civil War, economy, industry and music.

It is, however, important to note that the Gidan Makama Museum is renowned also for its traditional architectural excellence: The galleries are the rooms and courtyards of the old Makamas, and they depict the style of a traditional residence of a Kano aristocrat.

When to visit the museum?

The museum is open to visitors at all time. And it is usually visited by many people for varied reasons.

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