National Museum of Ghana : Largest Home of Exhibits in Ghana

Ghana is one of the countries in Africa known for its very unique and diverse cultures and this is due to the fact that it has tons of ethnic groups with different beliefs, custom and culture. A really good place to enjoy and really witness this diversity, significant cultural heritage and travel through time from the stone age right to the present age is the National Museum of Ghana.

The National Museum of Ghana located in No 2, Barnes Road in Central Accra, Ghana , is the largest and oldest museum out of the six museums managed by the Ghana museums and monuments board. It does not only contain exhibits from Ghana alone but also from various other African countries like Nigeria, Ivory Coast etc.

The museum was commissioned by late princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent in the year 1957, prior to the country’s Independence Day as part of the celebration of the Ghana being the first country in Africa to gain independence.

National Museum of Ghana focuses on the anthropology, culture, archeaology and history of the ethnic groups in Ghana like the Akan, Ewe and Ashanti people. The museum has three different sections ranging from the ethnography to the archaeology and finally to the art section.

The National Museum of Ghana located in No 2, Barnes Road in Central Accra, Ghana , is the largest and oldest museum out of the six museums managed by the Ghana museums and monuments board. It does not only contain exhibits from Ghana alone but also from various other African countries like Nigeria, Ivory Coast etc.

The museum was commissioned by late princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent in the year 1957, prior to the country’s Independence Day as part of the celebration of the Ghana being the first country in Africa to gain independence.

National Museum of Ghana focuses on the anthropology, culture, archeaology and history of the ethnic groups in Ghana like the Akan, Ewe and Ashanti people. The museum has three different sections ranging from the ethnography to the archaeology and finally to the art section.

The ethnology section contains materials from the different ethnic groups in Ghana and this materials have unique meaning and those on permanent exhibition include traditional textiles, chief’s regalia, beads, native Ghanaian musical instruments,  Asante stool, Clan staffs of the Fante people and Umbrella tops and Adinkra etc.

The archaeology section contains various materials from the Stone Age and the pre-historical age up till today and those materials include:  Pottery, Asante gold weights, Ghana currency, Native instruments, Baskets, Jewellery and Beads, Textiles and Leatherwork.

The art section contains contemporary Ghanaian art, sculpture, carving and paintings done with color, oil, pastels, acrylic, and collages from various artist in Ghana.

The museum has international exhibits like ancient bronze Ife head gotten from Nigeria, Bushongo from Congo, Zulu wooden figure, Senfu mask from Ivory Coast which are all gotten from those other African countries through exchange.

The museum also contains exhibits from the slave trade era, the chair used in Kwame Nkrumah’s inauguration and also former British governor’s chair rescued from Christianborg Castle, an outside exhibition of statue of historical figures like the first president of Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah) and several other art works, a gift shop where handicrafts like woodcarving and the rest can be bought, a library, a conservation laboratory and a hall that can be used for meeting and seminars.

The museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and visitors are required to pay a token as entrance fee and photography permit. Also, there are guided tours to ensure one’s stay at the museum is memorable.

The National Museum of Ghana provides opportunity to learn about the history and cultural heritage of Ghana and it gives a pictorial representation of the various ethnic groups in Ghana and it serves the purpose of telling the African story through the art works on display.

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