Harry Bayley Observatory, Bridgetown

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#12 of 17 in Museums in Barbados
Observatory · Hidden Gem · Observation Deck
Named after Dr. Harry Bayley, distinguished Barbadian and keen amateur astronomer, the Harry Bayley Observatory is the only one of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean. Situated in Clapham, St. Michael, the Observatory was officially opened in 1963. Thanks to the help and generosity of the Sfumato Foundation, the Observatory has been refurbished and re-equipped. Its primary instrument is now a 16-inch Meade telescope.

The Harry Bayley Observatory is the home of the Barbados Astronomical Society, founded on June 12, 1956, by Dr. Harry Bayley and Mr. Eustace Thomas. When Dr. Bayley died in 1958, the membership voted to erect an observatory in his memory. An acre of land at Clapham, St. Michael, was donated for the site of the building which was designed by the late Barbara Hill. Following a five-year campaign of fund-raising by members and donations from a kind public, the observatory was constructed and finally dedicated in January 1963.

Now registered as an incorporated, non-profit organization, The Barbados Astronomical Society, Inc. continues to manage the observatory.
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  • Overall it was a great visit to the Observatory. If you are interested in seeing planets and stars through a large telescope then this is the place. They could also really use the support so please...  more »
  • This has to be one of the best kept secrets on the island. Barbados has a super, purpose built observatory with a computer-controlled, 16” Meade reflector telescope. It’s a great way to spend a...  more »
  • Disappointing. Watched a couple of YouTube videos about astronomy (20 minutes total) - knowledgeable speaker, would have preferred to hear him than watch videos. The audience was made up of small...  more »
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  • A very interesting place to go to star-gaze. The gentleman in charge, Mr. Small, is knowledgeable and engaging. Also they encourage you to make a donation of any amount to help the observatory in its general operation.
  • The knowledge and enthusiasm for the cosmos in this bastion of astronomical sciences is fantastic. Philip rocks the galaxy with a voice like God’s own.
  • Great job! A lot of young people who do such a great job!
  • Excellent talk followed by some observations of m42, Sirius and betelgeuse.
  • This here is one of my newest 'finds' in Barbados. I have been a few times since I hold this fascination with astronomy.... The more I read and find out about astronomy, the less I can comphrehend. Put it on your list to visit if you can and if you are interested. Their Facebook page announces particular and special activities. Seeing Saturn and Mars through the telescope was such a humbling experience. I would warmly recommend.

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