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Sights & Landmarks In Accra

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  • National Museum. The National Museum is a must-see for everyone interested in Ghanaian history and culture from antiquity to the present. Clothing, thrones, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, and a range of instruments and utensils used in different rites are among the cultural displays. Each of them is accompanied with an explanation of its importance and meaning, so if you take the time to read them, you may learn a lot! Historical exhibitions highlight some of Ghana’s most influential and significant events, including the slave trade. There is also an interesting display on the history of Ghanaian currency.
  • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The park was established to commemorate Kwame Nkrumah, who led Ghana to independence from the United Kingdom and served as the country’s first president. He was named Africa’s “Man of the Millennium” and is a pivotal figure of the twentieth century. In the park, there is a memorial to him as well as his tomb, where he is interred.
  • Independence Square. The big black star atop Independence Arch is also known as Black Star Square. The plaza commemorates Ghana’s independence from the British in 1957 and has an everlasting flame, which was ignited by Nkrumah personally in 1961.
  • W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre. W.E.B. DuBois was a well-known American novelist and civil rights activist who relocated to Ghana towards the end of his life, certain that his efforts to achieve equality had been in vain and that America would never accept black people. Although the Centre is primarily a research library, historical landmarks and monuments are spread throughout the instructional facilities. The most intriguing are House Number 22, where W.E.B. DuBois lived when he traveled to Ghana, and his cemetery.
  • Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop, Teshie First Junction (along the road, by a TOTAL gas station),  +233 244-11-47-19. This is Seth Kane Kwei’s studio, where he developed the renowned design coffins in the 1950s, which are carved into designs representing something meaningful and related to the departed individual, such as a fish, aircraft, and so on. You will very certainly meet Eric Adjetey Anang, the grandson of Kane Kwei, who has owned it since 2005, and hear tales about these incredible coffins. They are used at funerals in the area and are part of many public and private modern art collections across the globe.
  • The National Archives of Ghana.  
  • The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Artists Alliance Gallery, La Beach Rd (1 km west of La Beach Hotel). Artist-run gallery showcasing sculptures, textiles, and paintings on three levels. It includes anything from inexpensive wooden items for a few dollars to pricey paintings by famous Ghanaian artists. The ability to view and browse in a calm gallery setting without being pressured to purchase is a huge benefit. US$10-US$10k.
  • Ghana’s Central Library
  • Osu Castle. Built by the Danes in the 17th century for Sweden, it passed through numerous hands before the Danes were able to seize the territory and the fortress. It was used for selling precious metals before Denmark seized it, but after the Danes gained authority, it became a site to hold slaves before sending them. It then became the Danish Gold Coast’s headquarters. It has been utilized as a government facility since then, and when Ghana got independence in 1957, it became the Presidential House. It is still the center of government today, despite debate concerning its connections to the slave trade. Visitors are permitted to enter the castle; however, armed guards wait outside and normally do not allow photographs to be taken. The rules for photographs vary from time to time, but it’s better (and safer) not to attempt.
  • Labadi Beach – One of Accra’s most renowned tourist beaches. This short stretch of the Atlantic Coast, located between two of Accra’s most expensive hotels—La Palm and La Badi Beach—features several makeshift cafe-restaurants, a plethora of souvenir vendors, and, if you’re lucky (i.e. on good weather weekends), an amazing cast of characters who will entertain you with drumming, dancing, pony rides, and acrobatic performances. Some people go swimming, but there’s enough to do on the beach. Don’t pass it up. (Warning: this is a prime-time establishment that is “not advised” after dark.) The beach is only ‘legally’ accessible for a cost of 5 Gh from an entry at La By-pass (Labadi Road). If you are a guest at La Palm or Labadi Beach Hotel, you get free access to the beach through the rear gate. Non-hotel guests may use the amenities of La Palm Royal Beach Hotel (pool, exercise, sauna) for 10 Gh per day.
  • Jamestown – Jamestown, Accra’s oldest neighborhood, is still a bustling fishing port. It is comparable to Zanzibar’s Stone Town in many aspects, but since it has not yet been repaired, it is not often emphasized on tourist itineraries. Despite this, it is one of the city’s most unforgettable sites for many tourists. Jamestown is a short distance west of Independence Square; the only major attractions from the crowded roadway are the lighthouse, a jail complex situated inside a historic colonial fort, and the old Customs House. A route leads from the lighthouse to an otherwise unknown delight: one of Ghana’s biggest functioning fishing ports. Early in the morning, you may see hundreds of tiny boats bringing in the catch of the day. It’s better to hire a friendly local guide to avoid missing out on the secret lanes, ancient stone cottages, and spectacular cliff-top harbor views.
  • University of Ghana – The biggest university in Ghana is located at Legon, which is accessible by Tro-Tros to Madina. It’s a nice and peaceful spot with ancient trees, a botanical garden (though be cautious that there have been instances of muggings and violent crime in the grounds), and numerous little houses surrounded by green grass. The cafeterias are accessible to the public and feature traditional Ghanaian cuisine.

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