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Harry Bayley Observatory, Bridgetown

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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 continues to manage the Harry Bayley Observatory, the official re-opening of which is planned for mid-March 2014.
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  • After building up the observatory to our friends and their 10 year old son, based on the reviews on here, we were very disappointed with our visit. There weren't enough seats when we arrived, that sho...  more »
  • I am a novice when it comes to astronomy but the guide was very knowledgeable and took us through the main stars and the moon. Great views of the moon craters. Bring your mobile phones as the guide wi...  more »
  • Would have been great if it had opened. Weather was perfect, cloudless sky so we took a taxi up but nobody turned up to open the observatory, we were stuck there outside for an hour until our taxi cam...  more »
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  • Was great looking at our universe and learning so much more, we always look into the sky but to actually see saturn, and the moon so closely, opens your mind to soo much more! The young man was soo friendly also teaching us alot.
  • Beautiful view...high tech equipment and staff that know what they are talking about.
  • Lovely and educational