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Photos: Ghana National Museum renovated and reopened after 7 years of closure

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President Akufo-Addo has commissioned the renovated National Museum, the oldest and largest museum in Ghana, for the public and tourists to visit.

The National Museum, which was opened in 1957, had to be closed to the public in 2015 for lack of maintenance.  It had deteriorated to such an extent that it posed serious safety risks to visitors, workers, and the exhibits on display.

But, according to President Akufo-Addo, the Museum has now been fully rehabilitated and restored to its original state with the inclusion of additional exhibits and artifacts.

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He said the Museum’s inner roads have also been asphalted, for the first time since its establishment.

“In seeking to enrich the experience of visitors to the Museum, the curators of the National Museum have also added seven (7) of the vehicles used by former Heads of State, including three (3) E-450 Mercedes Benz vehicles, two (2) Nissan Patrols, a limousine and a Toyota Land Cruiser.

The efforts put in to restore this Museum are part of a comprehensive vision of my government to help create a more vibrant cultural industry sector,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Adding that, “Tourism, arts and culture are effective tools for economic transformation, and we, in Ghana, can benefit from this because we possess a significant number of heritage resources.”

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The museum has three primary collection areas; archaeology, ethnography, and art, which are used to weave together a story about Ghana’s rich cultural history.

The refurbishment includes structural refurbishments, improvements in the outlook of the galleries, and the expansion of the collections in some of the museums, including the acquisition of seven vintage cars used by former Presidents of the country.

See photos below.

The Mayor of Accra, Elizabeth Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey has entreated city dwellers to take time off their schedule to visit the newly refurbished gallery of the National Museum in Accra and other heritage sites to appreciate the memories and proof of the Ghanaian culture and civilization.

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According to her, the museum hosts histories and stories that depict who we are as Ghanaians and Africans hence the need to visit such facilities to learn about our history.

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