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“Nice smaller museum with local art for sale”

National Museum of Ghana
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Full-Day Private Tour of Accra
Ranked #13 of 61 things to do in Accra
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Owner description: This museum catalogs Ghana's rich cultural heritage.
Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice smaller museum with local art for sale”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

This museum had interesting exhibits and also provided a nice break from the heat after going to the nearby Makola Market (although like pretty much everywhere else in Ghana there is no air conditioning!). There was also a section of the museum selling art by local artists for negotiable prices, as well as a gift shop with some nice souvenirs.

Visited March 2013
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Gaziantep, Turkey
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“In need of much improvement”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

The museum is pretty basic, displays are not chronological and some lack explanation. Also, it would be good if they would offer information in other languages (French, for instance, since they neighbour francophone countries). The objects displayed awake the interest for more information, which is not always available. The upstairs floor was poorly ventilated which made one not want to stay to view the artifacts. The art section has an overwhelming display of one painter. Although Isaac seems to be the current artistic pride of Ghana, a larger array of art styles would be appreciated.

The entrance price was affordable ($3.5) however to take pictures was an outlandish additional $10. Who will pay that? I guess they made such a price to boost sales in their limited gift shop.

Visited March 2013
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“Well done”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Of particular interest to us at the National Museum is a large, four sided time capsule which is marvelously decorated on all four sides. The submissions of the children which decorate the walls was a lot of fun to see, The rest of the two level building has a number of interesting exhibits.

Visited March 2013
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Huntingdon, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Needs updating”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Museum was ok, but very hot and didn't want to pay an extra 20 Cedis to take photos. On a positive side, you can get up close and touch many of the exhibits, something that you would never be able to do in UK. But.. very very tired and needing some serious updating!

Visited March 2013
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Well intentioned, but neither well presented nor maintained”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Our tour group arranged an afternoon visit to Ghana's National Museum, but were rather surprised at the diminutive size and the condition of the country's flagship museum. As other reviewers have noted non-residents pay a larger entrance fee, and the 20 cedis charge for photographs is absurd in today's world. The exhibits are old, indifferently translated, and most seriously of all, the artifacts are not stored in climate-controlled exhibits. Indeed, there is no air-conditioning in the building, and the second level is especially hot. There are large floor fans, but they are of little help. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful, but the other staff looked bored. The washrooms were clean.

The building is not accessible to people with disabilities.

We spent only one hour in the museum, then left, and did not think that we had missed much else.

The museum is worth a visit, as there is something to be learned regarding Ghana's history, but it is a pity that the country does not do more to protect and present its historic heritage.

Visited January 2013
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