Explore the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture
Located near the American Embassy, this informative museum is dedicated to the life of the great civil rights leader and Pan-Africanist William Edward Burghardt DuBois, and was also his former home. Inside you will discover his personal library and effects. A small museum that gives you a good overview of the life of the man who made a huge impact on African emancipation from colonial powers. The surrounding grounds house the mausoleum, where he and his wife are buried, surrounded by Asante stools, as well as a restaurant, gallery, amphitheatre and a much-needed research centre for Pan-African history and culture.
W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Centre for Pan African Culture, Fifth Link Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 30 277 6502
Learn about Ghana’s pioneer of independence at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
This museum, named after Ghana’s first president and independence pioneer Kwame Nkrumah, is the ideal place to get an overview of the life of the great man whose burial site is also on the grounds. All of this in an attractive five-acre (two-hectare) park that was once a British polo ground. Guided tours are also available.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum, High Street, Accra, Ghana
This enclave has become a symbol of modern Ghana, with its annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival, its mix of old colonial architecture and crazy street-market atmosphere. Take a walk along the High Street and see Accra from a different perspective while taking in the ruins at Ussher Fort and the view of Christiansborg Palace. Climb the lighthouse for the views and pop into Deo Gratias studio, the oldest photography studio in the city.
A visit to Jamestown Café for some cultural highlights can be rounded off with drinks at Osikan, a lovely spot for a beer, situated over the crashing waves below.
Visit a fantasy coffin workshop
A unique Ghana experience, these fantasy coffins come in all forms, only limited by the imagination of the commissioner. Be prepared to see large fish, Bibles, Coke bottles, vegetables and beer bottles to name but a few. Like what you see? You can have one shipped in preparation of your departure to the next life. Or just take a wander around one of these delightfully laid-back artist workshops, which once upon a time prompted former American president Jimmy Carter to commission a coffin in the shape of a cigar.
Kane Kwei Coffin Workshop, Teshie Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 24 411 4719
Experience Ghana’s history at the National Museum
Ghana’s first museum space dates back to 1957 and features the history of this young nation in three main collection areas: archaeology, ethnography, and art. You can discover the history of Kente, learn about indigenous instruments, jewellery and much more in an engaging narrative set within a peaceful space.
National Museum, Barnes Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 30 222 1633