Top Five Places in Lagos to learn about Nigerian Culture and History

Top Five Places in Lagos to learn about Nigerian Culture and History

Lagos is one of the most visited cities in Nigeria due to its strategic geographic location, it is a major hub for people visiting from other parts of the world. The city is a melting pot as it has a reputation for great tourist attractions and cultural exhibitions. In this post, we will explore the top five-tourist attraction places in Lagos where tourists, foreigners and Nigerians can visit to learn more about Nigeria's cultural heritage.

1. Nike Arts Gallery

Nike Art Gallery, located at, Elegushi Road, Epe Expressway, Lekki is one of the leading Art galleries in Nigeria founded by Chief (Mrs.) Nike Ekundaye. Nike Art gallery is a four-story art gallery and textile museum featuring over 7000 diverse collections of art by various artists and offers a vibrant experience for the visitors as they are welcomed with drumming and singing by the staff members in a typical Nigerian fashion.

The experience at the Nike Art gallery has been considered inspiring for both local and foreign tourists. On getting there, you may decide to visit the Adire workshop, feed your eyes with fantastic artwork or taste the traditional Nigerian foods which are freshly served. There is also a dance class that is held where you can showcase your dancing ability and possibly learn a few new dance moves. For more information visit:

2. New Afrikan Shrine

Afrikan Shrine owned by Femi Kuti (Fela Kuti’s son) is one of the places in Lagos that promotes the Nigerian culture through music. The legendary singer Fela Anikupalo Kuti is well known known around the world as a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of Afrobeat music and human rights activist. The Afrikan Shrine is the host location of the Felabration Music Festival which celebrates the life of Fela Kuti.. In addition, the Afrikan Shrine the photo galleries of Fela. In 2018, it was not a surprise that even the French President, Emmanuel Macron, a fan of Fela visited Afrikan Shrine. The New Afrikan Shrine is located close to Lagos State Secretariat in Ikeja Lagos. For more information visit:

3. National Museum

National Museum also made Lagos Directory’s list of top 5 tourist attraction centers to learn about Nigeria's culture because it is one of the places that attracts tourists as they can truly learn about Nigeria's history. Since it was built in 1957, the mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, conserve, research and exhibit the cultural and natural heritage of Nigeria, it has been a home of artifacts including a notable collection of pieces of statutory carvings and archeology exhibition which represents our historical heritage. Also, in the museum, you can find the Mercedes Benz of the former Nigerian head of state, Late General Murtala Mohammed who was assassinated in the vehicle in February 1997 in an abortive coup. The museum is located at Onikan road, Ikoyi. For more information visit:

4. Terra Kulture

Terra Kulture, located in Victoria Island is a privately owned educational and recreational centre, it is one of the best places for entertainment as well as learning about African culture, art, and lifestyle in general, the centre also has a mini library/bookstore where you can get to brush up your knowledge about Nigeria's culture.

In addition, Terra Kulture also has a multi-purpose hall incorporated with facilities for drama presentations, seminars and conference. You can even get a taste of Nigerian delicacies in their restaurant.

There is an art shop dedicated to the promotion of crafts which includes pottery, mat weaving, tie and dye and lots more. Terra Kulture hosts book readings and annual events which provides for an art auction and the Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts. For more information visit:

5. Iga Idunganran

We surely can’t wrap up our list without including Iga Idunganran, located in Lagos Island. Iga Idunganran is the official Royal Palace of Oba of Lagos. The palace attracts many tourists who have the desire to know more about the typical Nigerian traditional ruler activities.

Iga Idunganran has serves as an administrative centre, the palace has shrines which you can visit like the Ogun shrine, Esu and right across from the palace there is the island’s market which is connected to various shopping stores on the Lagos axis where you can get things like bitter kola, kola-nuts, palm oil and lots more.  The palace hosts the Eyo festival “a Yoruba masquerade festival unique to Lagos, Nigeria”, the festival takes place whenever occasions and tradition demands, although it is usually held as part of the final burial rites of a highly regarded chief in the king’s court.


There are a lot of places to visit within the Lagos Metropolis. The five places listed above are a few of those places tourists and Lagosians can visit. For more information on exciting places to visit within Lagos, get exclusive deals and offers or Lagos events visit or download the Lagos Directory app in App Store and Google Play for free.