In 1820, Ashanti king Osei Tutu Kwamina built the Kumasi Fort in the likeness of forts built by European merchants in Africa. After being destroyed by the British in 1874, the fort was completely rebuilt in 1897. Then, during World War II, the British government took control of the fort and converted it into a museum.
Today, the Kumasi Fort and Military Museum displays a collection of war weapons, medals, photographs, anti-aircraft guns and other artifacts from both the British-Ashanti war and World War II. Guided tours of the museum help bring to life Ghana’s storied military past, with in-depth explanations about the long and not always pleasant relationship between Ghana and Great Britain.
The Kumasi Fort and Military Museum is closed on Sundays and public holidays. As a foreigner, your entrance fee will be higher than what Ghanaians have to pay.