Located about five minute’s walk from the Kejetia Market in Kumasi sits the National Cultural Centre. Established in 1952 as one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first cultural centers, the complex offers visitors to Ghana a good crash course in Ashanti culture.
Start with a visit to the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum, which highlighting the history of Ashanti through its collection of antique relics and memorabilia, including King Prempeh II’s war attire, old brass weights used for gold trading and a 300-year-old treasure bag.
At the Craft Centre, visitors can observe artisans using traditional methods to craft kente cloth, brass items and pottery, while the neighboring gift shop sells many of these items at reasonable prices.
The National Cultural Centre often hosts cultural performances, so call ahead to see what’s on the calendar during your travels.