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75 things to do in Accra and Ghana • Art and exhibitions

With tips on everything from Accra's best restaurants and shops to museums and sightseeing – read our ultimate guide to things to do in Accra

© Will Amlot
'Untitled (Ghana Airways)', 2010 – coffin art by Paa Joe

Pick up a bargain at the Arts Centre

You can find carvings, baskets, drums, bags, beads, fabrics, sandals, sculptures, stools, rugs and occasionally antiques. It’s a place to unearth some incredible finds and gifts. The best bet is to head past the hassle which you’ll inevitably encounter at the entrance and make your way towards the back of the complex, where it’s a bit more relaxed. Haggling is expected. There’s also an art gallery, which sells prints and paintings at reasonable prices.

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Accra Central

Go avant garde at the Goethe-Institut

The cultural offering at the Goethe-Institut just keeps getting better and better. Links between German art and that of Ghana are given precedence, whether through sound installations, mixed media pieces, performance art, photography or painting. 

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Cantonments

Find the perfect souvenir at Wild Gecko

Critics' choice

It’s foremost a workshop, employing artisans for the production of emblematic Adinkra collectables, beautifully finished wooden furniture, ceramics, bespoke textiles and jewellery wrought of silver and bull horn. It’s brimming with handmade art objects, collectibles, homewares, tables, handbags, musical instruments, soaps, Ghanaian children’s books, bangles and other design products. 

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Airport City

Delve into the past at National Museum of Ghana

Critics' choice

The National Museum is home to some of Ghana’s most absorbing historical finds. The museum gives an opportunity to travel through the country’s history from both an archaeological and ethnographic perspective. There’s also a gallery with pieces by Ghanaian artists that is getting better all the time.

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Accra Central
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