Musée National Boubou Hama
Musée National Boubou Hama is the national museum of African Art in Niger, located in Niamey. It was founded in 1959 as Musée National du Niger. Its first conservator, Pablo Toucet, designed the concept of the museum, according to which it was part of the Culture Valley of Niamey, proposed by Boubou Hama. Adjacent to the African Art museum, also part of the Valley, are the Franco-Nigerien Cultural Center and the Center of Linguistic and Historical Studies by Oral Tradition. The museum is located in a park, it consists of a cultural and a scientific section and a zoo. The African Art museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.
Boubou Hama (1906 – 29 January 1982) was a Nigerien author, historian, and politician. He was President of the National Assembly of Niger under President of Niger, Hamani Diori. As a writer he worked in many genres including history and theater. His writing gained international attention when his autobiography Kotia-nima won the Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire. His essay on African Art education won the Senghor Prize in the same year. His histories are said to place a great value on oral literature.
Most of the exhibits represent ethnological, archaeological, and cultural artifacts. In particular, the museum shows traditional dwellings of different Nigerien cultures.
As of 2013, 170,000 visitors visited the Musée National Boubou Hama of African Art annually.