The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial park is located in downtown Accra. The park is was built with longevity in mind hence its its futuristic appeal. The park and buildings were built to honor Kwame Nkrumah the first president of Ghana (1909 – 27 April 1972) who led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957 and served as its first prime minister and president. Ghana was the first African country to gain independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.
As you enter the park you are confronted by 7 bare chested male statuettes bearing flute blowers which blow out springs of water. Within the Ghanaian culture the flute and the blowing of flute are used to welcome dignitaries
The two main features of Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum are the museum and the mausoleum. The mausoleum is the actual place where Kwame Nkurumah was laid to rest. The mausoleum itself is built on l man-made island which is connected to the mainland by two bridges.
How to get to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
The park is right at the heart of Accra, so visitors will not find it difficult at all locating it. If you are lost just simply ask anyone for the “arts centre or the old polo grounds” upon finding these two places you are bound to find the the mausoleum.
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There are always guides hanging around on hand to help you get around so you will always be informed however, you could be better off doing the tour yourself and walking around the gardens. The actual museum itself is very small and there is not much to really see. The museum does house some of the Kwame Nkrumah’s artifacts such as clothes and furniture, the interesting thing that is a must see is Kwame Nkramah’s Blue Cadillac car which is housed in a not so air tight glass box. Its a must see before the car totally erodes away.