The New Manhyia Palace Museum

The Manhyia Palace Museum was initially built in the old residence of the Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh I and Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyeman Prempeh II, the 13th and 14th Kings of the Asante Kingdom. Established in 1925, the Manhyia building was converted to a museum by Otumfuo Opoku Ware II on August 12, 1995, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ascension to the throne. The building, however, was not built by the Asantes, Ghana, in the year 1925, was still under the British colonial government as a gift to Otumfuo Agyeman Prempeh I on his return from a twenty-eight-year Exile in Seychelles. Prempeh I continue to rule the kingdom after returning; this is because the highest power in the Asante Kingdom is the Gold Stool. Asikadwa (Gold stool), believed to have been brought down from the heavens by the Priest OKomfo Anokye. Asikadwa is believed to be the soul of the Asante people; hence protecting the Stool is the most important. The Asante people refused to accept the building as a gift because they believed taking the building will ultimately mean the British still control their palace. The Asante people instead decided to pay for the building before their returning king occupies it. 

Fig. 82. The Manhyia Palace Museum, Kumasi, Ghana. Image by Abdul-Alim

The Asante Living Museum

Below is the new museum being built to replace the Manhyia Palace Museum. This museum, according to Justice Brobbey, The curator of the Manhyia Palace Museum, will answer the question of the capability of the Asante housing repatriated artifacts.