Ghana's Regions - Accra Region

National Museum

The National Museum of Ghana in Accra, is the largest and oldest of the museums under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board.
The museum building was opened on 5th March, 1957 as part of Ghana’s independent celebration. The official opening was performed by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent, the Late Princess Marina.

Objects of archaeology, ethnography as well as fine art find place in the National Museum building. Objects at the archaeology section range from the stone age period to the recent historical past. Those on permanent exhibition at the ethnography gallery include chief’s regalia, indigenous Ghanaian musical instruments, gold-weights, beads, traditional textiles, stools and pottery.

There are also objects from other African countries acquired through exchange. Examples are Senfu masks from La Cote D’ Ivoire, Zulu wooden figures and bead-ware from Southern Africa.
In addition there are also ancient Ife bronze heads from Nigeria and Bushongo carvings from the Congo. Exhibits at the small but impressive art gallery consist mainly of contemporary Ghanaian paintings executed in oil, pasted, acrylic, watercolour and collages.

Apart from these there are sculpture pieces in different media Temporary exhibitions are held not only by the National Museum but also by individuals and foreign embassies. Guided tours are provided and films on some aspects of Ghanaian culture are shown by the staff of the Education Section.

It is more than our wish that every guest, while enjoying his or her visit to the National Museum, adds some more knowledge to what he or she might have already about Ghana’s material cultural heritage.

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