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Scheduled for completion in 2023, the Pavilion will host a centre of field archaeology and materials research, with a substantial collections facility and well-equipped labs run by a local team.

Photo Credit: Adjaye Architects. EMOWAA Pavilion, 2021.


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Scheduled for completion in 2023, the EMOWAA Pavilion will be a world-class collections, archaeological and materials research institution focused on West Africa.

The engine room of knowledge generation and creative collaborations, The Pavilion will provide state-of-the-art facilities for archaeological research, conservation, and public programming. 


Initial designs by Sir David Adjaye envision a one-story building with approximately 38,000 square feet of interior space. It will feature an exhibition gallery with views into the collection study area, a 180-seater auditorium, conference rooms, conservation laboratories, and a library. The landscaped grounds outside will include a sunken amphitheatre for informal public gatherings and curated outdoor programs.  


Ground-breaking for The Pavilion is expected by mid 2022, with construction to be finished in 2023.


State of the art facilities at Africa's doorstep

Collection Facility

The Digital Lab is a space where EMOWAA’s growing creative and research community unlock the possibilities of digital technologies to advance the heritage economy, education, and creative industries. Hosted at the Pavillion, this facility will make cultural content of Nigerian and African origin easy to access, use and reuse through the creation of multimedia digital catalogues.

Archaeological and Material Science Lab

Its range of technologies enable digital mapping and interpretation of cultural artefacts, places, buildings, and monuments, providing new evidence to deepen knowledge of Africa’s civilizations and their material heritage. Programmes will be carefully designed to foster wider learning and public engagement through online exhibitions, e-commerce, e-learning and other interactive applications.


Commemorative head of an Oba. Benin City 1550-1650. The British Museum.

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