Want to learn more about African art, culture, and traditions? Volta Regional Museum in the city of Ho, Ghana is a go-to objective.
Established in 1973, the museum focuses on ethnographic art. The massive, wooden door is hand-carved by Ghanaian artists. Initially used as the Office of the Regional House of Chiefs, the building was sold to the Government in 1967 and six years later, in 1973 it became the Volta Regional Museum.
The exhibits of the museum include the Chair of State of the last colonial German governor of the German Togoland (modern Togo and Volta Region), local paintings, woodcraft and sculptures, as well as pre-colonial and post-colonial pottery, Volta Region Kente designs, masks, stools that once belonged to tribe chiefs, traditional pre-colonial and chief swords, and displays on Asante fetish shrines.
The photos hanging on the walls every here and there tell the stories of the Ghanaian people, depicting puberty and initiation rituals, taking you back in tribal times. However, old tribal structures still play an important role in the organisation and Ghanaian lifestyle, especially in the rural regions of the country.
Volta Regional Museum also hosts a souvenir shop, which covers the institution’s maintenance expenses through sales of publications, prints and small handcrafted items. If you wish, you can benefit from guide service.
The museum can be visited every day from 8am to 5pm. In case you need assistance, you can always count on the museum’s office, which is open Monday thru Friday, from 7:30am to 12:30pm, and from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
Admission fees vary depending on the visitors’ category as follows: Primary to JHS 3 pupils: GH¢ 0.20 SHS Students: GH¢ 0.50 Tertiary Students with ID: GH¢ 1.00 Ghanaian Adults: GH¢ 2.00 Foreign Children: GH¢ 2.00 Foreign Students with IDGH¢ 5.00 Adult Foreigners: GH¢ 10.00
Note: Non-Ghanaian visitors can pay the Cedis equivalent in their respective foreign currencies!