National Museum bounces back – Gallery attracts over 14,000 visitors in 52 days | Social
The refurbished National Museum Gallery in Accra has rebounded since its reopening last June, with 14,145 visitors visiting the facility between June 10 and July 31, 2022.
Until now, the establishment, which had not undergone any major renovation since its opening in 1957 to commemorate
Ghana’s Independence Day attracted few visitors.
The gallery, located in the premises of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board in Adabraka, Accra, was closed for renovation in December 2015, but work was halted along the line and only resumed this year after the government pledged to complete it as part of efforts to promote tourism in the country.
Since the facelift, the gallery enjoys patronage especially on Fridays, where patrons including domestic and foreign tourists, scholars, educators, students, tour guides and families visit to explore and experience the art, creativity and shared humanity that the gallery has to offer.
Among the exhibits are objects of archaeology, fine arts, as well as ethnography; the scientific description of peoples and cultures with their customs, habits and mutual differences.
The Daily Graphic also visited the museum to observe how busy it is.
Besides the gallery and other exhibition areas, there are user-friendly facilities located within the gallery premises, such as restrooms and a restaurant that serves a variety of continental and local dishes for a fee.
During two Fridays that the team visited the museum, they observed how the museum became, buzzing with activity as Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB) staff were busy welcoming visitors to the gallery.
One of the days, two Metro Mass Transit buses with more than 120 school children on an educational tour arrived on a field trip.
A typical visitor visit, which lasts between 45 minutes and two hours, begins with the museum educator welcoming their guest into the facility.
If the visitors are school children, they are divided into groups of 20 before the start of the visit.
The visitor is directed to the reception of the gallery where a cashier and a person in charge of the educational department of the GMMB register the visitors.
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