The Museum is one of the academic units of Arewa House. It is made up of a big central hall and twelve satellite galleries, designed to project the life and times of the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, his associates and the history and culture of the north generally.
The major functions of the Museum, which is to encourage service for and dialogue with the society it is serving, are as follows:
To acquire and present objects that recalls the history of the people of Northern Nigeria and to use modern museum techniques to teach visitors about the region and its people.
To mount exhibitions designed to heighten the sense of self worth and dignity of the entire population and also help to promote the historical, social and economic life of the region.
The development of museum-oriented school programmes and the provision of meeting space for programmes and events.
The museum holds several collections of artefacts of historical and aesthetic interest to researchers and the general public. Apart from the artefacts, we also keep photographs of important events and personalities. The collections are accessible to both researchers and the general public. We however welcome written application in advance of a visit.
The Arewa House Museum is unique. It consists of a big central museum hall and twelve satellite galleries spread around it in a circle. It is designed to project the common and individual attributes of the civilisations of the various peoples in the North especially.
The exhibitions in the central gallery of the museum focus on the twentieth century, to illustrate the life and times of the Late Alhaji Sir, Ahmadu Bello (Sardauna Sokoto) and his associates. In the satellite galleries the exhibition reflects the individual Northern States, their civilisation and cultures. The satellite galleries are intended to serve as windows to the Northern States. Other exhibitions are mounted occasionally to promote the cultures of the various peoples of Nigeria and the neighbouring countries in order to encourage the understanding of the common roots and links among these cultures. The Museum galleries open daily (excluding weekends) to all interested persons from 8am – 4pm.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, the central gallery also carries periodic/temporary exhibitions. Such temporary exhibitions involve joint venture exhibitions with some organizations; and professional bodies. The exhibitions have also been organized around topical issues, for example, on ecology/environment, education-Islamic/modern, technology, trade and commerce; art and society, etc.
A part from the galleries, the former residential and office complex of the late Premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello constitutes another important historical site within the premises of the House. Currently, Arewa House is making effort to integrate this complex into the museum. When preparations are completed, the personal effects of the late premier shall be mounted within their historical context.
The museum shop sells souvenirs, artifacts and special postcards depicting the landmarks, peoples, cultures, and some outstanding occasions in the history of Northern Nigeria.