Ghana is renowned for its rich and beautiful cultural diversity, with dozens of ethnic groups with different beliefs and dispositions coexisting peacefully. The country is also one of the cornerstones of African history, being the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence.
The range of dynamic cultures to observe and learn about can be breathtaking but sometimes difficult to experience, especially in the cosmopolitan capital city, Accra. Visiting some of the major museums is the perfect way to begin a thorough cultural exploration of Ghana.
In 1957, Ghana won independence from the British and became a sovereign state, the first of its kind in the sub-region, taking control of its affairs, resources and development. Dr Kwame Nkrumah was one of the men at the heart of the struggle for independence, being the country’s first prime minister and president.
Following his death, this museum was built to honour his legacy and house his mortal remains, books, artefacts and other items linked to his life. Visitors are taken through the history of the pan-African struggle as well and gain first-hand knowledge of his contributions and that of other African leaders like Patrice Lumumba and Julius Nyerere.
It continues to be a major destination for tourists eager to understand the role of Ghana in shaping post-colonial history.
The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, High St., Accra, Ghana, +233 23 367 1610
The Museum of Science and Technology is located just a few metres from the National Museum. It displays artefacts that embody Ghana’s scientific development, from pre-colonial times to the present. Visitors can find everything from primitive hand-axes and other simple farm tools to complex machinery like helicopters and bamboo bicycles, engineered and built by Ghanaians.
The museum also serves as the venue for the final exhibition for graduating students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s School of Fine Art, where some of the finest contemporary fine arts and performance arts are on display.
The Museum of Science and Technology, Barnes Road, Accra Ghana, (+233) 302 223963