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.
If you like to become more aware of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in the Bahamas. Click on the each name for complete information.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors 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.
Another landmark worth visiting is Pirates of Nassau. It is located in downtown Nassau. Pirates play a major roll in the history of the Caribbean, and the Bahamas are no exception. Now, in the heart of downtown Nassau, board a replica pirate ship and be transported back to 1716, where you'll see how the life of a pirate transpired.
Bahamas Historical Society Museum: As the main museum of the Bahamas Historical Society, this building maintains a large collection of artifacts and documents that span more than five hundred years of Bahamas history.
The following chart lists some key facts concerning the available museums in the Bahamas.
|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|
|--||1.7 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Junkanoo Expo||(242) 356-2731||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|--||2.1 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|National Art Galley of The Bahamas||(242) 328-5800||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|(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|
|--||Downtown Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
|Wyannie Malone Museum||(242) 366-0293||0.0 mi. North of Central Hopetown||Elbow Cay|
|Ye Olde Pirate Bottle House||(242) 373-2000||2.2 mi. East of Central Freeport||Grand Bahama Island|
If you like to explore the historical roots of a foreign place, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions during your vacation.
A common landmark for vacationers is Cloisters. It is found 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.
Many travelers also choose to visit Fort Montagu. It is situated in Nassau, the Bahamas. When the fort was originally built it stood tall and proud, containing barracks, a guard room, a powder magazine, and more. Now, the fort stands in ruins, but tourists are drawn to the military attraction.
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.
Glance through the table below to see historic sites in the Bahamas.
|--||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|
|--||1.4 mi. East of Central downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Queen's Staircase||(242) 322-7500||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|--||1.7 mi. Southeast of Central North Bimini||North Bimini|
|--||Tarpum Bay, Central the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|The Caves||(242) 302-2000||2.0 mi. West of Central Cable Beach||New Providence|
Vacationers can experience some other worthwhile sites in the Bahamas.
Many travelers choose to visit Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome. It is located in the Bahamas. Sculpted by local artist Antonius Roberts, these wood women looking to the horizon stand in honor and remembrance of all the African women who were once enslaved on the island.
Another common landmark for vacationers is Grand Bahama Labyrinth. It is found within 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.
Some of the other kinds of landmarks in the Bahamas are shown in the following table.
|Lighthouse||Central the Bahamas||Eleuthera|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Observation Tower||Downtown Nassau||New Providence|
|Tourist Attraction||0.3 mi. Northwest of Central Cockburn Town||San Salvador Island|
|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|
|Monument||1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Clifton Bay||New Providence|
If you would prefer having a wider variety of points of interest beyond the category on this page, you can cast a wider net. Follow this link to find our article about other interesting attractions for the Bahamas.
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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