Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Culture: The National Museum of Ghana

Located on Barnes Road, The National Museum of Ghana is an important museum housing the largest collection of Ghana's historical treasures. It is the largest and oldest of the six museums under the administration of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board and offers West Africa's best ethnographic, historical, objects of archaeology, fine art -and art collections from both Ghana, the rest of the continent.

Objects in the archeology 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 Ivory Coast, 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 oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolors and collages. Apart from these there are sculpture pieces in different media by Local craftsmanship. Ceremonial artifacts common among the Akan and other tribes -are also on display.

**The museum building was opened on 5 March 1957 as part of Ghana’s independence celebrations. The official opening was performed by Duchess of Kent, the late Princess Marina.

Address: Barnes Rd. Accra Ghana
Tel: 233-021-221633
Fax: 233-021-221635
Opening Times: 0830-1600 daily

**Are you interested in doing some voluntary work at this great museum –then check out this link [] for more information?

******Can someone give me the website for: The National Museum of Ghana please?

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