Landmarks in the Bahamas

Landmarks in the Bahamas stand in memory of past islanders

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The Bahamas was a territory of the United Kingdom during the American Revolution, which allowed British loyalists to flee the 13 colonies and settle in the Bahamas

Many of the landmarks and historic sites on the islands speak to this time period in the form of forts and architecture, paying homage to loyalists and their slaves whose decedents now populate the islands. Take a break from lying on the beaches and baking in the Bahamian sun to visit a few such sites and learn about this era in Bahamian history and beyond.

Museums

Pirates of Nassau

If you like to explore other people and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in the Bahamas. Click on the each name to obtain more information.

One popular destination is Wyannie Malone Museum. It is Hopetown, in northwestern the Bahamas. Named after Hope Town's founder, this museum showcases the history of the area with photography and artifacts. They host events for the island's Heritage Day and track the genealogy of the Malone family.

Attractions Map

Many travelers also choose to visit Pirates of Nassau. It is found in downtown Nassau. Pirates of Nassau is open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, except Sunday, when they close at noon.

Bahamas Historical Society Museum: Exhibits at the museum feature collections of historic relics including a coat of arms, the islands' Declaration of Independence, stone slabs featuring petroglyphs, and scale models of historic ships.

The chart below enables you to get more details on some museums to choose from in the area.

Museums In the Bahamas
Name Phone Location Island
Albert Lowe Museum (242) 367-4094 6.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay
Bahamas Historical Society Museum (242) 322-4231 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Balcony House Museum (242) 302-2621 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Cetacean Museum -- 0.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Grand Bahama Museum -- 1.7 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Junkanoo Expo (242) 356-2731 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Junkanoo World 356-5846 Nassau New Providence
Museum Of Underwater Exploration -- 2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
National Art Galley of The Bahamas (242) 328-5800 Downtown Nassau New Providence
New World Museum (242) 323-3182 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island
Pirates of Nassau (242) 356-3951 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Pompey Museum (242) 356-0495 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Science Museum -- Downtown Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Wyannie Malone Museum (242) 366-0293 0.0 mi. North of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay

Historical Sites

Fort Montagu

Enjoy exploring the history of foreign countries? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions while on vacation in the Bahamas.

A landmark worth visiting is Cloisters. It is situated on Paradise Island, the Bahamas. The Cloisters are the ruins of a French Monastery with a lot of history. Built in the 1300's, the ruins did not find their way to the Bahamas until the 1960's.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort Montagu. It is located in Nassau, the Bahamas. As the oldest still standing fort on New Providence, Fort Montagu is rich in history. Its most famous event was when the fledgling US Navy captured the fort in 1776, took its cannons and brought them to then General Washington's army.

Queen's Staircase: There is something that takes your breath away when you look at the hand carved steps that lead up to Fort Fincastle. Visitors from around the world come here daily to honor the strife of slaves, and remember the terrible history of slavery.

Take a moment to read the table below for information concerning sites of historical interest in the Bahamas.

Historic Sites In the Bahamas
Name Phone Location Island
Albert Johnson Memorial -- 0.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island
Big Tree at Palmetto Point -- 1.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central South Palmetto Point Eleuthera
Cloisters (242) 363-3000 3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau New Providence
Fort Charlotte (242) 325-9186 1.0 mi. West of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Fort Fincastle (242) 356-9085 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Fort Montagu (242) 322-7500 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau New Providence
Gregory Arch (242) 302-2000 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Harbour Island Haunted House -- 0.8 mi. South of Central Dunmore Town Harbour Island
Mexico Olympics Monument -- 2.8 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island
NAVFAC Base -- 6.4 mi. Northwest of Central Governors Harbour Eleuthera
Potter's Cay Artillery Battery -- 1.4 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Queen's Staircase (242) 322-7500 Downtown Nassau New Providence
Shark Mound -- 1.7 mi. Southeast of Central North Bimini North Bimini
Tarpum Bay Castle -- Tarpum Bay, Central the Bahamas Eleuthera
The Caves (242) 302-2000 2.0 mi. West of Central Cable Beach New Providence

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Grand Bahama Labyrinth

Visitors may experience some other intriguing landmarks in this area.

A landmark worth visiting is Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome. It is located in the Bahamas. Sacred Spaces is unique in that sculptor Antonius Roberts did not transport these awe-inspiring sculptures to the space and set up an exhibit. Instead, with a reverence for the Bahamian landscape and the history of the island, he carved the sculptures of stoic slave women out of Casuarina trees that were eroding the island's shoreline.

Another popular destination is Grand Bahama Labyrinth. It is a part of Garden of the Groves and Garden of the Groves, in western the Bahamas. The Labyrinth is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Fridays when it stays open until 10:00 p.m.

Memorial Sculpture Garden: The Memorial Sculpture Garden contains 24 busts of important Bahamians who represent different islands. The centerpiece of the garden is two life-sized bronze statues of a black girl and a white girl, one holding a conch and the other the Union Jack.

The table directly below enables you to get more details regarding other kinds of places of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In the Bahamas
Name Type Location Island
Bannerman Lighthouse Lighthouse Central the Bahamas Eleuthera
Christopher Columbus Monument Monument 3.4 mi. South of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island
Commonwealth Brewery Brewery 1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Clifton Bay New Providence
Dixon Lighthouse Lighthouse 5.8 mi. Northeast of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island
Grand Bahama Labyrinth Monument 6.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Freeport Grand Bahama Island
Great Stirrup Cay Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. North of Central Goat Cay Great Stirrup Cay
Hopetown Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hopetown Elbow Cay
Memorial Sculpture Garden Monument 6.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central Treasure Cay Green Turtle Cay
Nassau Water Tower Observation Tower Downtown Nassau New Providence
Paradise Island Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. Northwest of Central downtown Nassau New Providence
Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome Monument 1.0 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay New Providence
US Navy Squadron 1 Monument Monument 1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Clifton Bay New Providence

Keep in mind, you'll find some other types of attractions. Make your way to this extended discussion dedicated to even more attractions if you're interested in learning additional information.

Unique Architecture

Located in Nassau (near Fort Fincastle) is a unique landmark called Queen's Staircase. This structure is a staircase of 65 limestone steps dedicated with Queen Victoria. It was built in the late 1700s by slaves who were forced to shape the steps without the proper tools to do so.

In the Versailles Garden on Paradise Island is the Cloisters. Once a 14th century monastery in France, it was imported piece-by-piece to the islands in the 1920s and made its home at the garden in the 1960s.

Located inside another garden in the Bahamas is the Grand Bahama Labyrinth. The Labyrinth was designed after the Christian Chartres Labyrinth, and stands with the purpose of providing a location for visitors to find their spiritual center, meditate, and focus on the power within themselves.

The cu de gra of sites that honor the memory of the British loyalists and slave workers who helped free the Bahamas from Spain and build up the island is the Memorial Sculpture Garden. Located on Green Turtle Cay, the garden features sculpted busts and full-sized statues of memorable figures of this time period.

Both beautiful and awe inspiring, each landmark in the Bahamas is a piece of history that guests can revisit time and time again. Whether you find architecture fascinating, or enjoy standing on the same grounds that those who sacrificed to make the Bahamas the country it is today, a visit to these sites is a memory that will stay with you forever.

 

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