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

Assuming you enjoy learning about other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. Click on the each name to read detailed information.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Pirates of Nassau. It is located 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: The museum is open five days a week, being closed on Wednesday and Sunday. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday it is open from 10:00am until 4:00pm, while on Saturday it is only open from 10:00am until noon.

The following table has some key facts concerning some museums to consider 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

Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of countries you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites while on vacation in the Bahamas.

Many travelers choose to visit 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Fort Montagu. It is located within Nassau, the Bahamas. The fort is always open to the public, but guided tours are available between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Queen's Staircase: Walk up the 65 steps of the Queen's Staircase and you will not only have traveled to the top of Nassau's most popular attraction, but you will also have walked across an important historical landmark. Sometime between the years 1793 and 1794, 65 steps were carved out of limestone by hand using only axes and other hand tools using slave labor.

View this table to read more about sites of historical interest in the area.

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 enjoy some other intriguing sites worth visiting in this area.

Many travelers choose to visit 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit 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.

Other types of landmarks in this area. are listed in the chart below.

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
New World Museum Tourist Attraction 0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Cockburn Town San Salvador Island
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

If you are seeking a wider range of points of interest beyond what's offered in this category, you might want to expand your planning horizon. To navigate to our guide to other attractions, click here.

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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