President of Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo re-opened the renovated National Museum in Accra. As the oldest and largest museum in Ghana, the National Museum, which was opened in 1957, the year of our independence, had to be closed to the public in 2015 for lack of maintenance.
Indeed, the Museum had deteriorated to such an extent that it posed serious safety risks to visitors, workers and the exhibits held there.
The Museum has now been fully rehabilitated, and restored to its original state with the inclusion of additional exhibits and artefacts. Its inner roads have also been asphalted, the first time ever since its establishment.
In seeking to enrich the experience of visitors to the Museum, the curators of the National Museum have also added seven (7) of the vehicles used by former Heads of State, including three (3) E-450 Mercedes Benz vehicles, two (2) Nissan Patrols, a limousine and a Toyota Land Cruiser.
The efforts put in to restore this Museum are part of a comprehensive vision of my government to help create a more vibrant cultural industry sector. Tourism, arts and culture are effective tools for economic transformation, and we, in Ghana, can benefit from this because we possess a significant number of heritage resource