Museum as an institution all over the world are dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, cultural or artistic value. It is a repository of historical facts and visuals about the events and material culture of the people. They provide needed service that no other institution can provide in terms of record keeping as well as a tourist destination and guide by presenting collected artifacts for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. The most common museums in the world are museums of art and antiquities where cultural heritages from thousands of years are kept. However museums are also known to have been created to cater for aspects like Natural History, War, Telecommunication, Automobile, etc.
The creation and repositioning of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Telecommunications Museum in Nigeria is therefore a welcome development that has been expected for a long time to be able to keep the records of items and materials that can adequately document and keep for posterity sake that aspect of Nigeria’s history and development. It could not have come at a better time than at a time that the industry is witnessing an unparalleled growth especially in the past ten years. It is ripe in the sense that, there is much to be documented for the past hundred years, as well as the immediate inclusion of new items that are still available as the industry grows.
The NCC telecommunications museum reveals the history of the telephone and the central office switches that make it all work; antiquities from the Nigerian postal services like stamps, mail bags and so on in that section: Exhibits from 1895, starting with a model of 1895 telephone equipment, to the modern phone that we all take for granted today. This is to project and showcase the various stages that the Nigerian telecommunication industry has gone through since inception to date. The telecommunication artifacts in the museum are arranged in the order of historical development in Nigeria, that is, from postal to telegraph, telegraph to analog and analog to digital telephone.