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“Interesting museum made better by good tour guide”

Kumasi Fort - Ghana Armed Forces Museum
Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Kumasi
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised.
The museum focuses on Ghana's participation in WWI and WWII with some mention of their UN activities.
I was hoping for more info on the tribal wars that have taken place in Ghana but this mostly focused on the above mentioned battles.
Worth the visit and located near central market.

2  Thank mt_law749
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Covers a lot of information on East Africa and Ghana's role in WWII. The place is informative and definitely worth the time.

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Reviewed April 9, 2012

As I am a major military enthusiast, especially WW1 & WW2, I was really looking forward to visiting the Ghana Armed Forces museum, located at the Kumasi Fort in the Ashanti Region's capital, Kumasi.

I had been to Kumasi once before, but went on a Sunday, so I was unaware that the museum closed on that date (a note to visitors !). So on this trip, I was visiting on the Thursday afternoon after flying up from Accra.

The fort is on Stewart Avenue, which is in the Adum district of Kumasi (ie, what is the CBD). It is very close to such Kumasi attractions as the historic clock tower (unique to Ghana), and the WW1 Memorial.

In terms of preservation, it's pretty hard to beat the Kumasi fort, and it has a rich history, despite it being the last fort built in Ghana (1896), as the British garrison was put under siege by the local Ashantis in the early 20th century. It has since become the Ghana Armed Forces museum, which is a fascinating exhibit of a rarely explored military history of the Gold Coast Regiments of the World Wars, and of the Ghana Armed Forces since independence.

Some of the best exhibits can be seen from the roadside - there is an Aeromacchi jet from the Ghana Air Force, an M5 Stuart tank, plus a naval gun turret, an anti-aircraft gun, and an old military helicopter.

Inside, I was most interested by the captured weaponry, which is particularly from the campaigns against the Italians in Abyssinia in WW2, & in Burma against the Japanese (again in WW2). You will find captured light machine guns from both the Italians & Japanese, plus rifles, swords & bayonets. There are also radio kits, maps, and weapons from the Gold Coast Regiments that fought in these battles.

There are three seperate wings of the museum that are specific to the modern-day arms of service - the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Furthermore, there is a room that has probably a hundred photographs of the campaigns from WW1 & WW2.

There are also some items from Imperial Germany (mostly from Togoland), and traditional tribal items.

One room has a display of the dinner jackets for Lt General Ankrah, & Lt General Afrifa, who each took their turn in leading Ghana after independence after they overthrew Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1966. History hasn't been kind to these two officers, and so it is rather interesting to see an exhibit for two officers that in the modern-day psyche of Ghanaians are vilified for the coup they led (in spite of the desperate conditions of the country at the time).

Furthermore, the Ghana Armed Forces museum is one of the few places that does sell some books & souvenirs. Although not a massive range, the fort at least takes steps to try to cater for the tourist market.

3  Thank PietroMorrizio
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

In the Ghana Armed Forces museum a very friendly intelligent woman told us all about the war history of Ghana. The museum starts with first and second wod war in east africa. Ghana participated in that war. The rest of the museum is about the ashanti war against british governor and the peace missions of the.recent Ghanian army. A lot of things to see and learn! It took us one and a half hour with the guide!

2  Thank Marco_bokki
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