Barbados Museum & Historical Society, The Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados Pocket Guide

Barbados Museum and Historical Society

The Barbados Museum sits quite impressively on the outskirts of the Garrison Savannah in the parish of St. Michael. Its current location was once the home of the former British Military Prison and became the Headquarters of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society in 1930. A bit of history to note is that the prison's top floor was built in 1817 and the bottom floor built in 1853.




This building is not only historical in stature but it also houses a wealth of history and art that are all accessible to the general public of Barbados and tourists alike. Trips down memory lane are tapped into once one walks through the doors of the Barbados Museum and become exposed to Barbados' military history, geographic nature, rare historical maps, eighteenth century plantation house furniture, information on the lives and upbringings of 'Yesterday's Children', African Heritage and even artifacts from the Amerindians who were the early inhabitants of the Caribbean islands.


While on the island of Barbados, you are more than welcome to take a trip to the Barbados Museum where you can register as a volunteer and participate in the many activities available.


Every year in the month of December, an Art Festival is put on by the Historical Society of the Barbados Museum. This is a time when local arts and crafts are displayed on the grounds of the museum that truly depict the essence of Barbados and its people.


The Gift Shop at the Barbados Museum is filled with authentic art that is available for purchase while its Heritage Gift Collection consists of books and journals that include antique prints and maps of Barbados.


The Classic Card Collection is another treat that includes a series of greeting cards that are made up of six different images from the Museum's classic art collection. This collection includes reproductions of many of the paintings, prints and maps that are on display along with West Indian books.


The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Caricom nationals, upon presentation of identification are admitted free of cost while Non-Caricom nationals pay the following - Adults BDS $15 & Children BDS $7.50. It's also important to note that group rates are also available at the Barbados Museum.


For further information on The Barbados Museum & Historical Society
, St. Ann's Garrison, 
St. Michael
, kindly call them at Tel: (246) 427-0201 or visit them at


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