Massive transformation at Manhyia Palace Museum

The Manhyia Palace Museum in Kumasi has undergone massive transformation which has improved patronage.

The historical site was shut down temporarily in February 2021 to pave way for expansion and renovation works.

With about 95 per cent of the works already completed, the museum has been temporarily reopened to tourists.

On Monday, December 4, 2023, The Thunder visited the museum and met a number of domestic and foreign visitors who were there to learn about the history of the Asante Kingdom and its culture traditions.

In an interview, the manager of the museum Justice Brobbey, said, “ we are seeing improved numbers following the transformation that has gone in here.”

New building

The old building which houses the museum has seen massive beautification, and visitors have a lot to learn about.

Work was also progressing steadily on a new museum building under construction.

It was gathered that, the building would host Asante historical treasure items being expected from the British Museum next year.


Important site

The Manhyia Palace Museum is one of the most outstanding and patronized tourist sites in Ghana and Africa.

The museum exhibits historical items such as royal regalia, photographs, medals, furniture, drums, and palanquins, with some of the items dating over 200 years.

It is opened to the general public from Monday to Sunday.

Return of artefacts

Meanwhile, The Thunder gathered that the museum is preparing feverishly to receive Asante artefacts held in the British Museum in London.

Officials did not give further details but indicated that , everything is being done to ensure that the purpose for which the items are being returned, is realised.

It was further gathered that the items would be returned before the Asantehene’s 25th coronation anniversary next year.

Already some officials from the British Museum have visited the Manhyia Palace Museum to get first hand information about where the items would be placed.

Otumfuo’s push

The Asantehene has been pushing for the return of Asante regalia items taken from Kumasi by the British army, after the Asante war against the British in 1874, also known as the Battle of Amoaful.

During his visit to London to participate in the coronation of King Charles, he took time to hold discussions with the leadership of the British Museum on the matter.

Officials of the museum said they were exploring the possibility of lending the items to Ghana.

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