What to Expect When Manhyia Museum Reopens Tomorrow

Anyone who visits the Manhyia Palace Museum from May 2, 2024, when the tourist site is opened to the general public would witness an augmented facility.

The Museum is now home to 39 new artefacts that were lost among other precious gold and silver objects to the British army during the Sagrenti War in 1874 and the subsequent wars between the Asantes and the British.

They have been installed in special cases in the Museum for exhibition following their return to their bonafide owners.

The returned objects include 300-year-old original Mponponso sword by which every Asantehene swore the oath of office and used by the paramount chiefs of Asante to swear their oath of allegiance before the Asantehene and a seat owned by Asantehene Kofi Karikari, the tenth King of the Asante Kingdom.

They also include one gold peace pipe, three cast gold soul-washers’ badges, seven sections of sheet-gold ornament, one silver straining spoon, one pair of silver anklets and one section of sheet-gold ornament.

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will lead a ceremony to reopen the Manhyia Palace Museum which was closed to the public for three weeks on May 1, 2024 after which the Museum would be opened to the public on May 2, 2024.

Opened in 1995, Manhyia Palace Museum was originally built as a home for Asantehene, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I. He lived there from 1925 to 1931 on his return from British exile in the Seychelles. It recently underwent renovation.

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