Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Barbados Pocket Guide

Barbados Museum and Historical Society

This private organisation in Barbados is open to the general public as a museum that houses a wealth of information pertinent to Barbados' heritage. The Government of Barbados contributes an annual grant and is authorized to appoint a specified number of members of the Museum's Council.


The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is housed  in the former British Military Prison. The upper section of this prison was built in 1817 and the lower section was built in 1853. The prison was extended in 1853 on a much larger scale.


In 1930, these grounds became the headquarters of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society.


Displays Within the Barbados Museum

Archaeological displays
A natural history display that describes the coral structure of Barbados
Amerindian Culture
African and European Decorative Arts
Children's Gallery 'Yesterday's Children' which provides an exciting and educational travel back into history
Furnishings of an eighteenth century plantation house
A collection of rare historical maps of Barbados
A reference library which is available for research on Barbados' history and genealogy
A collection of prints and paintings of Barbados and the West Indies


Opening Hours

Mon - Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Public Holidays: Closed to the General Public


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