MANHYIA PALACE MUSEUM
One most important attraction to the palace that adds to the rich experience of tourists is the Manhyia Palace Museum. This Museum, although small in size, holds numerous and historic artefacts, war amulets and others of the Asante Kingdom. The palace was opened in 1995 during the Silver Jubilee celebration of the accession of the Golden Stool. The palace museum is of great historical interest and importance not only to the Asante Kingdom but Ghana as a whole owing to the important role of the Asante Kingdom to the rich Ghanaian history.
The palace museum is a two storey structure with open verandas and a courtyard. The ground floor of the museum is used by the Kings to receive their distinguished visitors like the Governor, the Chief Commissioner, District Officers and other Dignitaries.
A visit to the palace also affords visitors the opportunity to see the Legendary Okomfo Anokye Sword. The wonderful Museum architecture depicts traditional Asante building of the 1900’s. A small outhouse was added in 1995 for use as the Museum shop, where other crafts and traditional items are sold as souvenirs.
HOW TO GET THERE
It is located on the Antoa road just a kilometer from the Nation Museum, Kumasi. The best time to visit is during the Adae festival, which occurs every sixth Sunday when Ashantehene sits in state to receive homage from his subjects and subservient chiefs and renewal of their allegiance to the Asante King.