Barbados Museum and Historical Society
Duration: Half Day
Explore the rich heritage and culture of Barbados on this fascinating tour of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Learn about a diverse range of historic periods such as human development on the island, the Caribbean slave trade, military history, natural history and much, much more. There is even a Children’s Gallery to keep the younger ones amused. This excursion is a great way to educate the whole family about Barbados.
The Barbados Museum and Historical Society has been housed in the former 19th century British military prison of St. Ann's Garrison since 1930. The oldest part of the building was constructed around 1820. What makes the museum so fascinating is the extensive and varied collection of historical paraphernalia, artifacts, period furniture, local crafts and informative displays of Barbados’ history, culture, flora and fauna that will appeal to such a wide range of interests.
Explore the past and watch history come to life as you venture into the different rooms and galleries. Get an insight into the lives of the wealthy sugar plantation owners during the 18th and 19th centuries in the Warmington Gallery, which is set in four period rooms from a typical plantation house. Or learn about 4,000 years of human development on the island in The Jubilee Gallery – from Barbados’ earliest inhabitants (the Amerindians) to the first European settlers in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Military Gallery showcases the historical development of Barbados’s armed forces from the 17th century until the end of World War II, and old relics such as military medals, armaments, maps and photographs are on display here.
Many other interesting exhibitions can be found throughout the museum, including the African Gallery which introduces visitors to the geography, history and heritage of Africa and its influence on Caribbean society. The Natural History Gallery is a must for anyone interested in the flora and fauna of the island. Colourful exhibits will teach you about the ecology of the coral reef and its abundant marine life, as well as the conservation and protection of sea turtles, the fishing industry, endangered animals and many other related topics that aim to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of Barbados’ bio-diversity.
Children can learn all about the history and development of the island in The Children’s Gallery, which engages them with colour, interactive displays, toys and even costumes to dress up in. This exciting day of learning and discovery will certainly open your eyes to the history and people of the island during your holiday in Barbados.
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