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The National Museum of Colonial History in Aba was opened in 1985. The museum’s building, which is also a national monument, was brought in from Britain in the 1890s and assembled at Akwete to serve as a trade station. Its collection consists of objects relating to the colonial period in Nigeria and the country’s path to nationhood, old Nigerian money and relics of the slave trade era.

National Commission For Museums And MonumentsToday’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) has its root in Nigeria’s Antiquities Service, which was established on 28 July 1943; and, in the early days of museum administration in Nigeria, the head of this institution was called Surveyor of Antiquities.