Museums in AccraEdit This
With a deep culture and colonial past, Accra museums provide an
insight into the story of past and present day Ghanaians. Though the
options here are limited, visitors to Accra can enjoy the
history and culture exchange provided by museums at a couple locations
throughout the city. Here are the top museums in Accra:
National Museum of Ghana
Established in 1957, this is one of the oldest museums on Ghana.
Containing some intriguing exhibits that showcase the many chapters of
Ghanaian history, the exhibits here range from archaeological
discoveries dating back to pre-historic times to colonial antiquities
to modern African art. There is also an interesting permanent exhibit
that features indigenous musical instruments, pottery and Ashanti
gold weights - historically used to determine the cost of goods. In
addition to Ghanaian artifacts, the National Museum also features
relics from other African countries. There are also numerous temporary
exhibits here that change regularly.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
This park, dedicated to the country’s founding father, features a
small museum that provides a nice and comprehensive overview of the
contemporary leader of Ghana. Complete with many personal items and
photos, this museum is on the way to the National Museum and a must-see
for history buffs. The entire museum can be seen in less than an hour, and
you should take the time to walk the grounds outside as well, as the
fountains and ample green space are a nice break from the hustle and
bustle of the city.
W.E.B. Du Bois Center Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture
Visit this final resting place of the American-born icon for social justice, William Edward Burghardt Dubois, and learn more about his life and work. Situated in his home and personal library, this museum features many meeting facilities and halls used throughout the year for cultural and business events, as well as a small museum area. Drawing thousands of visitors annually, this site is also home to numerous theatrical productions and musical and dance numbers throughout the year. Check with the museum’s website to see if your trip will intersect with a planned event, and arrange accordingly to attend.
Be sure to visit these museums during your trip to Accra to get a really comprehensive look at the culture and past of Ghana. The National Museum is a must-see here, and anyone interested in history and culture will enjoy the other two museums. They provide a nice overview into the lives of two influential men who have made Accra their home.