Nassau Landmarks

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The Bahamas capital city of Nassau is home to almost every single important landmark on New Providence Island – and if it doesn't share a zip-code, the drive to get to it is just moments. Here, you will find cultural museums, historic architectural structures, and government spaces that hold the information that has contributed to making the islands the unique destination that they are.


Pirates of Nassau

If you like to expand your knowledge of other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To learn full details regarding each museum, you can click on the name.

One popular destination is Pirates of Nassau. It is located in downtown Nassau. Learn what made Nassau a perfect pirate hangout during the early 1700's and gain a new perspective on the city.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Bahamas Historical Society Museum. It is found in downtown Nassau. 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.

National Art Galley of The Bahamas: Committed to promoting the importance of art in the Bahamian culture, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas stands as a home for many of the islands most prominent works. The National Collection of Bahamian Artwork is housed here, and medias on display include sculpture, textiles, ceramics, photography, painting, and more.

The chart right below enables you to get some details concerning museums you might enjoy in the area.

Museums In Nassau
Name Phone Location
Bahamas Historical Society Museum (242) 322-4231 Downtown Nassau
Balcony House Museum (242) 302-2621 Downtown Nassau
Junkanoo Expo (242) 356-2731 Downtown Nassau
Junkanoo World 356-5846 Nassau
National Art Galley of The Bahamas (242) 328-5800 Downtown Nassau
Pirates of Nassau (242) 356-3951 Downtown Nassau
Pompey Museum (242) 356-0495 Downtown Nassau

Historical Sites

Fort Montagu

In case you enjoy experiencing the historical roots of a foreign country, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions while on vacation in Nassau.

Many travelers choose to visit Gregory Arch. It is located in downtown Nassau. Built in 1852, Gregory Arch is named after the Governor John Gregory. Today the arch serves as the symbolic border between Downtown Nassau and the rest of New Providence.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Fort Montagu. It is located in northeastern Nassau. 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.

Check the following chart for more information about sites of historical interest in Nassau.

Historic Sites In Nassau
Name Phone Location
Fort Charlotte (242) 325-9186 1.0 mi. West of Downtown Nassau
Fort Fincastle (242) 356-9085 Downtown Nassau
Fort Montagu (242) 322-7500 3.6 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau
Gregory Arch (242) 302-2000 Downtown Nassau
Queen's Staircase (242) 322-7500 Downtown Nassau

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers will experience some other intriguing local landmarks in this area.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Nassau Water Tower. It is situated in downtown Nassau. The Water Tower is only open to the public at certain times, so call ahead to see if it will be open.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In Nassau
Name Type Location Island
Nassau Water Tower Observation Tower Downtown Nassau New Providence

Keep in mind, Nassau has additional attraction types. For more about other attractions, go to this page.


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