Shattered by an earthquake, the Dutch Fort Creve Couer was transferred to the English in 1868. It was then partly reconstructed and named Ussher Fort, after the British administrator who had been instrumental in the Exchange of Territories between the Dutch and the English in that year. Located on the High Street, about 500m past Fort James , Ussher Fort is in the locality of James Town, by the Central Business District in Accra.
The fort previously served as a prison, until 1993. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president and a fore figure in the struggle for independence, was imprisoned there during the colonial era.
Ussher Fort currently houses a museum, as well as the offices of the Monuments Division of GMMB. The fort is in a good state.
The fort’s opening hours are Monday to Saturday (including public holidays), from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Entrance fees are as follows:
|Visitor Category||Entrance Fee*|
|Pupils from Primary to JHS 3||GH¢ 0.10|
|SHS Students||GH¢ 0.20|
|Tertiary Students with ID||GH¢ 0.50|
|Ghanaian Adults||GH¢ 1.00|
|Foreign Children||GH¢ 0.50|
|Foreign Students with ID||USD 0.50 or its equivalent in Ghana cedis|
|Adult Foreigners||USD 2.00 or its equivalent in Ghana cedis|
*Entrance fees were reviewed in February 2013
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