Explore the [y] best Bahamas museums. Art, history, and specialty topics.
Balcony House Museum
Balcony House Museum was restored in 1994 and then opened to the public as a Museum. The former owner and American Heiress named Josephine Bryce had furnished the house with antiques from across the globe, and even parts of the home are said to contain a ship’s mahogany staircase. This home was said to be the Heiress town cottage from the mid-1930s until late in the 1980s. This house is said to be dated back to approximately 1788. The Pink House was also said to have been home to the first Back elected official Stephen Dillet. If you are in town take a tour of down town’s great historical house.
Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation
Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation is located in the historic Vendue House that dates back to the 1760s. The building has been home to many different things over the years including the market place, salve trade quarters, telegraph and Telephone department, and Electric Department and today it is the Museum. This museum pays homage to The Bahamas slave history. The Museum itself was named after Pompey, a slave who rose up and formed a revolt against the unfair conditions on the Rolle Plantation on Exuma. So for another great history lesson be sure to stop by for a visit.
Pirates of Nassau Museum
Pirates of Nassau Museum is located in downtown Nassau and pays homage to the capital of Piracy and home to Black Beard. The period of Piracy lasted for about 30 years from 1690 until 1720 and The Bahamas and Nassau were in the heart of it all. Nassau was at the heart of it all due to its prime location. It allowed fast shallow water boats in and out easily yet was not deep enough for the larger vessels. This interactive Museum will allow you to step back in time and feel as though you are in the same era as Blackbeard was! There is a fee of $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children to enter and is open seven days a week.
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is also the premier Art Institute of The Bahamas that offers the history of the Bahamas Art and Visual Culture. The NAGB offers contemporary Art exhibit as well as extensive public programs and fellowships and grants too. The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas does charge $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and students, and then Children under 12 are free. The Gallery is open Tue -Sunday but closed on Mondays and most public holidays.
New World Museum
New World Museum was founded by Columbus scholar Ruth C. Walper Malvin. This museum is located in San Salvador and is on the small side, but has many artifacts from the Arawak Indians, maritime artifacts from the colonial are and plenty more. Since San Salvador was Christopher Columbus’s first landing location and home to the Pom ceremony in 1492, much of the museum is dedicated to him. Museum curator erected a beautiful monument close by Columbus. Since the Museum is small it is open by appointment only, so be sure to plan this in advance.
Albert Lowe Museum
Albert Lowe Museum is a beautifully restored loyalist home. This display is an amazingly raw and delicate history of the Out Islands and is named after the great shipbuilder Albert Lowe. Much of Albert’s son Alton Lowe’s artwork is on display in the basement of this museum. The Museum is located in Plymouth, on Green Turtle Cay. The Albert Lowe Museum is open Monday – Saturday and admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for Students, then children under 5 are free.
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum
Wyannie Malone Historical Museum is a nonprofit museum located in Hopetown. This Museum was started by Byrle Patterson, Shirley Higgs, and Vernon Malone with the town’s people help. Artifacts, photos, and furniture were all donated including the home of the late Mr. Harrington Albury. Today the museum is in a new building after the test of time and a hurricane forced the move. The Museum is open November until April Monday – Saturday so be sure to see more of the Islands History if you are in the area.
Sacred Space is a created piece that is located on Paradise Island. When some of the sacred Casuarina trees were eroding the shoreline, so the artist Antonius Roberts transformed them into beautiful art. Roberts was able to transform the trees into the beautiful women that you see today. The site is also a significant location in Bahamian Slave history, as it was the landing ground for many slave ships and close to the former sugar plantations. It was created in 2006 and still stands today!