Accra Cultural & Historical Tours

Accra
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  • Jamestown

 
Location: Accra

Description: Jamestown is vibrant community where one can observe the lifestyle of the average Jamestown resident. The colonial-era lighthouse, built in the 1930s provides a great view of the city and the busy and colourful fishing harbour. One can find several boxing gyms in Jamestown as it is known to produce some of the boxing champions from Ghana. The JamesTown Cafe which is a stylish architect-owned cafe, bar and music venue can be found just across the sea. There is also the ArchiAfrika gallery opposite, which showcases African architecture and design
 

  • Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park

 
Location: John Evans Atta Mills High Street, Accra

Description: Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is also known as the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. It is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. This museum is dedicated to him to honour his dedication in liberating Ghana, formally known as Gold Coast, from colonial rule.

The Museum houses the personal effects and publications of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah  and pictures showing his life history with some of the most famous people of his time.
 

  • Artists Alliance Gallery

 
Location: La Rd, Accra

Description: The Artists Alliance Gallery was established by the Ghanaian artist Ablade Glover which has over the years become one of the most important of its kind in Ghana. There are three expansive floors of art displayed in cool marble galleries. Art works by established artists, such as Owusu Ankomah and George Hughes while others are by new and upcoming artists like Ebenezer Borlabie.  The art works are inspired by market, rural and urban scenes interspersed with political satires. There are also the shrouded figures and crowd scenes by Glover himself. Other art works like the Asafo flags with appliquéd and embroidered symbols, ancient strip-woven Kente cloths by the Akan and Ewe, African masks of the type that inspired Picasso and intricately carved furniture.
 

  • Osu Castle

 
Location: Osu, Accra

Description: The Osu Castle, also known as the Christiansborg Castle has been the first substantial fort built by Denmark-Norway in the 1660s, though the castle has changed hands between Denmark-Norway, Portugal, the Akwamu, Britain, and finally post-Independence Ghana, and was rebuilt numerous times. Currently, the Osu Castle is no longer the seat of government but an extension to the Jubilee House with the offices of some Ministers located at the castle, also most Commission of Inquiries carry out their duties from the castle.
 

  • Independence Square

 
Location: Osu-Accra

Description: Kwame Nkrumah commissioned the Independence Square, also known as Black Star Square, to honour the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Independence Square is a vast, empty expanse of concrete overlooked by spectator stands which can seat about 30,000 people. The Independence Arch was an inspiration to other African countries vying for independence and the Flame of African Liberation. The roundabout before the square contains in the center, the Black Star Gate also known as the Black Star Monument which was built in 1961.

The vast area, built under Kwame Nkrumah, is designed for huge events and military marches and commercial events such as concerts and fashion shows, which take place throughout the year.
 

  • W.E.B DuBois Center

 

Location: Off 2nd Circular Road, Cantonments,  Accra           

Description: The center is named after William Edward Burghardt Du Bois who was an African-American civil rights activist and later became a citizen of Ghana in the 1960s. He is often known as the ‘Father of Pan-Africanism’. The centre is where he once lived with his wife and where they are now buried. It houses his personal library, a small museum with a handful of personal effects such as his graduation robes. The mausoleum is surrounded by Asante stools, a seminar room, a restaurant, a gallery, an amphitheater and a research centre for Pan-African history and culture.
 

  • National Theater

 
Location: South Liberia Rd., Accra

Description: the National Theatre of Ghana was commissioned by the Government of Ghana and built in 1992. The construction of the National Theater was inspired by the rich Ghanaian Culture. The building has a complicated construction moulding and novel exterior features which make the whole structure look like a gigantic ship or a seagull spreading its wings when observed from afar.  Major festivals and programmes presented in collaboration with national and international communities and institutions, all of which included workshop for artists have been created and instituted at the theater over the past years.

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  • ANO Centre for Cultural Research

Location: 1 Lokko Rd, Osu, Accra, Ghana

Description: ANO is a non-profit organisation founded in 2002 by Cultural Historian Nana Oforiatta Ayim, to uncover and create new cultural narratives of the African continent while connecting and supporting development through culture. It has opened a space for exhibitions and screenings, including a workshop and library.

  • Nubuke Foundation

Location: East legon

Description: This foundation is a philanthropic center of art dedicated to Ghanaian visual art, culture and heritage. It was founded to offer an artistic space for Ghanaian artists and show the skills of talented individuals to the world.

  • Fantasy Coffins

Location: Accra

Description: Fantasy coffins is inspired by the group’s religious and traditional beliefs about death, which are that death is not the end and that life continues in the next world, and by giving the dead a good send off, they can they secure good favor with the departed who they believe still have great influence over life on earth. The coffins form part of one of the Ga’s funeral custom of giving the deceased a dignified funeral to show appreciation for their life. Coffins are made to take the shape of living and inanimate objects like chickens, boats, lions, pianos, airplanes, etc.

  • National Museum of Ghana

Location: Accra

Description: The National Museum of Ghana which was opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1957 is owned and operated by the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. The museum has three primary collection areas; archaeology, ethnography, and art which are all ways by which the history of Ghana has been transferred. There are so many  indigenous art and crafts exhibited such as egalia, musical instruments, royal Asante stools, Asante gold weights, currency, instruments, textiles and leatherwork.

  • Gallery 1957

Location: Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City & Galleria Mall

Description: The gallery which is named after the year Ghana gained independence is one of the most exciting art centers in Ghana. It was founded by  Marwan Zakhem in 2016, the gallery has evolved from over 15 years of private collecting. It can be found in Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City and has a curatorial focus on contemporary West African art presenting a programme of exhibitions, installations and performances by the country’s most significant artists. Gallery 1957 offers both local audiences and international visitors the opportunity to discover artists, and to gain a deeper understanding of the breadth of their practice.

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