Take a fascinating journey into Niger’s culture and history – past and present – at the National Museum of Niger. Explore the sprawling grounds with its Hausa-style pavilions and themed exhibits of fossils, dinosaur skeletons, an awe-inspiring, 100 million-year-old ‘super croc, traditional tents, dwellings, tools and more. Learn about the history of the Sahara, the dress of different ethnic groups in Niger and how to recognise them or treat yourself – and your eyes – to a quality selection of African art, crafts, jewellery and other handmade delights.
Niamey Grand Marché
Lose yourself in the winding, sandy streets of the Grande Marche – one of the most interesting market in West Africa, where you can find ‘anything and everything’ you care to imagine.
Jostle and haggle side-by-side with the locals as you stumble across a host of African treasures, like colourful batik and print fabrics, handcrafted beaded jewellery, pottery and much more besides...
Tucked away in a side street in Niamey, the enticing stalls of the Village des Artisans provide some of the best art and craft products that Niger has to offer.
With its wide assortment of handcrafted objects, the Artisan Village is the perfect place for hunting down unusual gifts and souvenirs, like African carvings, paintings, statues, jewellery, masks, leather goods and tablecloths, all made by local artists and craftsmen.
Just one word of advice: put your haggling-head on!