Museums & Art Galleries in Nassau, Nassau (Self Guided)

Nassau is the capital of Bahamas and therefore offers several museums and art galleries for tourists to visit. The art work reflects the history, culture and the local way of life. As with many cities set on an island in the ocean, one of the most popular museums is the Pirates Museum. Nassau also provides a plethora of other outstanding museums such as the Museum of Art and Historical Museum.
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Museums & Art Galleries in Nassau Map

Guide Name: Museums & Art Galleries in Nassau
Guide Location: Bahamas » Nassau (See other walking tours in Nassau)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: vickyc
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Pirates of Nassau Museum

1) Pirates of Nassau Museum (must see)

The Pirates of Nassau Museum is a very popular museum, located in a long building with several rooms that depict the life of a pirate. Tourists will discover terrific wax figures of the pirates, their weapons, and the overall ambiance of the 17th century pirate village.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 9 am - 12 pm
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Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation

2) Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation

The Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation educates visitors on their way of life, conditions, and how they where sold. The museum is located in the Vendue House, a landmark building from the 19th century. The Vendue House use to be an auction venue where all types of products were sold, including slaves. The museum is named after a slave called "Pompey" who revolted against slavery.

Operation hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Thurs 9:30am - 1:00pm
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Josephine's Treasures

3) Josephine's Treasures

At Josephine's Treasures, tourists will cherish authentic Bahamian arts. There are many handmade items such as Junkanoo masks and still drums, as well as several souvenirs made from wood. The artists that show and sell their paintings at Josephine's Treasures usually paint the landscape of these islands with an easily identifiable cityscape.
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Plait Lady

4) Plait Lady

The Plait Lady showcases many local artists from the Bahamas islands. Plait Lady is a large store that sells handmade Bahamian items, including a huge assortment of straw works. Only the best original artistry of the Bahamas is offered here.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm; Friday, Saturday: 9 am - 5:30 pm
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Bahamas Historical Museum

5) Bahamas Historical Museum

The Bahamas Historical Museum is a small museum which provides information in regards to the history of the island from the pre-Columbian period to the modern age. The museum features several Bahamian anthropological and archaeological artifacts in its permanent exhibits.

Operation hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday 10 am - 12 pm
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Nassau Public Library & Museum

6) Nassau Public Library & Museum

Nassau Public Library and Museum is the largest library in the Bahamas, situated in Nassau. It is one of five libraries in Nassau. The building it is located in is an old colonial jail, dating back to the 1797, when it became the first building on Parliament Square, Nassau. It was converted into a library in 1873. The small prison cells which once housed prisoners now contains old colonial documents, newspapers, books, charts, Arawak artifacts, historic prints etc.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm; Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm.

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Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery

7) Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery

An art gallery is located inside the Central Bank of The Bahamas. The bank supports both old and contemporary art from the Bahamas. Visitors will enjoy permanent exhibitions from Eric Ellis Eddie, Minis, and Antonious Roberts. The Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery is a must see while in Nassau.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Balcony House Museum

8) Balcony House Museum

The actual home is 220 years old and is the oldest wooden house in The Bahamas. The infrastructure represents the architecture of the 18th century and opened to public as the Balcony House Museum in 1994. Here you will learn about the immigrants of the Bahamas as well as admire the sacred architecture.

Operation hours: Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Thursday: 9:30 am - 1 pm
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Art Museum

9) Art Museum

The Art Museum contains permanent collections of art from the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum displays European and Western paintings, as well as Bahamian Art and Visual art. It is the main art institution on the Bahamas and a terrific place to learn about the history of art. The museum also provides a souvenir shop.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm

Walking Tours in Nassau, Bahamas

Create Your Own Walk in Nassau

Create Your Own Walk in Nassau

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nassau is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Nassau – capital of the Bahamas – is a popular cruise-ship destination, renowned for its natural and man-made attractions. Apart from the beaches and colorful marine life, the city's other main lure is eventful history reflected in a number of typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings, such as the pink-hued Government House, the Pirates of Nassau Museum and others. To find out...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Shopping in Nassau

Shopping in Nassau

Nassau, the capital city of Bahamas, offers a diverse shopping experience. Visitors will find both international and local brands, as well as national goods in the downtown or historical districs. This is the place to buy unique Nassau gifts, art, antiques, and clothes made by local designers.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nassau for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nassau has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nassau, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.