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Reason National Museum Gallery is currently attracting Many Visitors.

by The Ghana HIT

Museums are important historical and cultural sites in most African countries; by visiting a museum, you get an excellent chance to learn more about the history and culture of that country. The National Museum Gallery carries significant historical and cultural information about Ghana. As an important tourist attraction site in Ghana, the National Museum Gallery has not received as many tourists as the tourism sector expects over the past years. The museum hardly attracted visitors even during significant days like the celebration of Independence Day. The low tourism turnout over the last few years is that the museum was ruined and not appealing. In association with the tourism sector, the government took the initiative to renovate the museum.

The National Museum Gallery is in good condition and features friendly facilities such as restaurants and restrooms. The restaurants prepare all dishes, including international ones. The National Museum Gallery received a considerable number of domestic and international tourists after it was refurbished. The visitors mainly tour this museum mostly Fridays. Although local and international tourists visit this museum, the common visitors are students, researchers, and educationalists. The Museum depicts creativity and civilization through drawing, painting, sculptures, and many more. Some displayed objects include descriptive anthropology, fine arts, and archaeology. An ordinary tour around the Museum should be approximately forty-five minutes to two hours. The museum instructors start by welcoming their visitors before taking them around. If the guests are students, they should be subdivided into groups of twenty before the start of the tour.

The tour fee depends on the category of visitors; for instance, an international adult tourist is charged GH¢50 while a Ghanaian adult is charged GH¢10, and a tertiary student and volunteer pays GH¢40. Foreign high school and college students pay GH¢ 8, and elementary school pupils are charged GH¢6 each. The charges for commercial, non-commercial filming, and pictures of the exhibits depend on the time you consume there and its purpose. Ghanaians film at a lower cost than foreigners, and you can only film after requesting the staff, or you will end up in big trouble. After payments, the visitors are given receipts, and depending on their wish, they can go alone or be accompanied by a guide.

The tour begins from the right-hand side when facing the gallery at the entry and ends at the left-hand side. A complete tour of this Museum Gallery ends at the ten Ashanti Traditional Building section. The tour guides take visitors through the numerous storylines and literature behind all the exhibits. Each exhibit reflects a particular chosen theme for the exhibitions. Tourists can ask questions related to exhibits for a better explanation from the tour guide. Besides, tourists are requested to sign the visitor’s book and also give a review about their experience at the Museum.

Tourists can request to be taken around the Gallery to see more significant exhibits, such as the seven presidential antique vehicles used by the late President Jerry John Rawlings and former presidents John Agyekum Kufuor. The other assortments are a Cadillac parked under a blue canopy, three black and sleek Mercedes Benz cars, a limousine, two Nissan patrols, and a Toyota land Cruiser by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President. All the vehicles do not have their registration numbers. Besides, there is a Sculpture Garden section with the statue of the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, a military leader, and Yaa Asantewaa, a Warrior Queen Mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire.

If you visited the National Museum Gallery when it was still in ruins, you should plan another tour for a more fulfilling experience. Besides, if you have never been to Ghana, you should include Nation Museum Gallery on your Bucket list.

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