Ussher Fort and Museum Tours

Some museums draw travelers with displays of indigenous artwork and historical artifacts but the Ussher Fort Museum, located in a former European stronghold, attracts tourists on a quest to learn more about the dark history of West African slave trade. Paintings depict images of the once accepted industry and relics owned by captors and slaves line the halls, haunting visitors. 

Since 2007, the Ministry of Tourism and the European Union have worked hard to educate travelers and locals alike on the atrocities rooted in the nation’s history. Exhibits include heartbreaking artifacts like shackles, as well as model slave ships and an homage to abolitionists who fought to end the inhumane practice of slavery.

Practical Info

The museum is open Monday through Saturday, including public holidays, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Entry for foreigners is US$3 for adults and US$1 for students with ID.
Address: James Town, Accra, Ghana
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults US $3, Students US $1
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Accra Architecture and Neighborhoods Tour

Explore Accra’s Danish, Dutch and Jamestown neighborhoods on a 3-hour walking tour that takes in the architectural highlights of this historic seaside city. Follow your guide through streets lined with pre-colonial buildings, and hear the stories behind the elegant homes and imposing mansions built by the first Dutch and Danish colonizers. Follow the thread of colonial rule into the Ga-Mashie neighborhood of Jamestown, then make a final stop at the oldest hotel in Accra, now an atmospheric ruin at the water’s edge.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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