Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Established in 1933, Barbados Museum & Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Barbados culture and heritage. Although the building originally served as a military prison of St Ann's Garrison, it now houses thousands of artifacts in displays about natural history, maps, decorative arts, local history, and culture. Temporary modern art exhibits also make appearances in the museum. Check out the gift shop before leaving to pick up special souvenirs, such as map reproductions, Barbadian crafts, and West Indian books. Use our Bridgetown trip planning tool to visit Barbados Museum & Historical Society on your trip to Bridgetown, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Slightly old fashioned as museums go but still worth a visit. They had some interesting things further into the museum and quite a lot of social history. It's the race course side of the road and...  more »
  • I learned about the plants and animals, the history, and culture of Barbados. The museum is in what was the military jail. It's very beautiful. The receptionist helped me book a historic tour of...  more »
  • Although not overly large, this museum is well-done, and provides a clear history of Barbados, including flora and fauna, exploration, colonization, slavery, and liberation. The exhibits are clearly.....  more »
  • Very informative and a great way to spend a rainy day. Really enjoyed looking through the windows seeing how their quarters would looked and the little steps were greatly appreciated for slightly height challenge person like myself. Only down side the first half of the museum was very hot which made it distracting I had to come out twice the heat was stifling, Thankfully the botanical room was not only informative it also had air conditioning which was thankful break from the heat. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes over all it was good would have given 5 stars if it wasn't so hot.
  • Awesome Party. I had a blast. Apparently, every year, around this time of year they have celebration parties, and this one was jam packed with people. I had a great time. The definitely looking forward to going again when I visit.
  • This museum was a good place to visit to to see some of the history of Barbados. I was disappointed that my wife and I had to pay $10 a piece to visit a museum that we couldn't even take pictures of anything. Also, there were parts of the museum that were hotter than it was outside. The lady who worked the front desk was very nice and helpful.
  • If you're looking for a inexpensive way to experience Barbadian history and culture this is a great way. You can walk through the museums 7 galleries on your own or have a guided tour. It's also a beautiful spot to host weddings or other special events.
  • Learn of Barbados' history and people. Learn of the Arawaks and Caribs. You will also see the relics of a colonial past- the very location and building itself is situated within the UN world heritage site.

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