Jaekel House

The Jaekel House is a 2-storey colonial mansion in cocooned within the grounds of the Railway Compound on Murtala Muhammed Way, Ebute Metta, Lagos, Nigeria.

The house was built in 1898 on a large expanse of landscaped land and named after the late Francis Jaekel OBE, a former superintendent of the Nigerian Railway Corporation who retired in the 1970s after almost three decades of active service.

Jaekel House was formally the residence of the General Manager and was later converted to a senior staff rest house.

The building which is described by many as a classic colonial architecture because of its picturesque array of images of personalities, places of the Old Railway Corporation and historical events in pre- and post-independent Nigeria, from 1940s through 1970s.

Jaekel House has been standing for over 100 years and it was restored in 2010 by Legacy 1995 as a Railway Museum.

Fun fact is some scenes of Kunle Afolayan’s Independence-era movie, October 1 were shot at Jaekel House.

Jaekel House is open to tourists from Mondays to Saturdays. Saturdays are the best times to visit the museum as there would be a tour guide available during this periods. The museum is closed on Sundays.

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