Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown

Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown (must see)

The Barbados Museum is housed in an old military prison built in 1818. It's located in the St. Ann's Garrison, adjacent to the Savannah and racetrack. The museum and historical society has been based here since the 1930s.

The museum features numerous galleries and exhibits about the island, its people, culture, and history. Mostly, this is a traditional museum with photo galleries, antiques, and collectibles that tell the story of Barbados. The museum has over 500,000 objects in its collection, although only a small percentage are displayed.

In addition to cultural artifacts, there are displays describing the island's natural history and coral structure. There is also a children's exhibit called "Yesterday's Children" that explores history through the eyes of little ones. The museum is also home to a rare collection of Barbados historical maps and the Shilstone Memorial Library.

The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sundays. It's closed on public holidays.

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Sight Name: Barbados Museum & Historical Society
Sight Location: Bridgetown, Barbados (See walking tours in Bridgetown)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Bridgetown, Barbados

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Create Your Own Walk in Bridgetown

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Garrison Historic Area Walking Tour

Garrison Historic Area Walking Tour

St. Ann's Garrison, or more commonly known as "The Garrison", is a small district located in the country of Barbados. This Garrison Historic Area is situated about 2 miles south of Heroes Square in the capital-city Bridgetown. It is dominated by its historic horse race-track, located on the 30 acre parade ground called the Garrison Savannah. The Garrison area additionally contains...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Bridgetown Introduction Walking Tour

Bridgetown Introduction Walking Tour

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Originally, the island of Barbados was visited by various Amerindian tribes. Evidence has shown that permanent...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles