THE CENTRAL REGION
Central Region is the tourism haven of Ghana and can boasts of attractive and breathtaking sights, with mind blowing experiences as well as artifacts for every tourist. Some of the places of interest are the Cape Coast Castle and the West African Historical Museum, the Kakum National Park with the Canopy Walkway, Elmina Castle, Fort Saint Jago and the numerous beaches including the Biriwa Beach.
The Cape Coast Castle was built in 1856. It was initially built for storage of merchandise awaiting shipment to Europe. These rooms soon became converted into dungeons where slaves were housed while waiting to be shiped to the Americas. The Castle therefore became one of the trading links in the Trans Atlantic Slave trade.
The Cape Coast Castle has arguably been one of the most famous tourist destinations in Ghana. This centuries old monument is listed as one of the World Heritage Sites.
THE WEST AFRICAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Museum Shop, trading under the name Deo Art Gallery, is situated in the Cape Coast Castle. It was opened together with the West African Historical Museum in December 1994. The dream to have an outlet for artists to market their products and also to provide different types of memorabilia to tourists that visited the Castle had come into being.
The Museum Shop is located next to the Historical Museum on the first floor of the Castle. After a tour of the Museum, the exit point is adjacent to the Museum Shop. This allows visitors to purchase souvenirs before leaving.
‘Artists are the custodians of the culture of the country. As the heart beat of the nation, if the culture has to be developed, they must be identified’.
It is upon this that Deo Art Gallery with a grant from The European Union and support from Cultural Initiative Support Programme is cataloguing ‘Art and Artists’ in Ghana.