Landmarks in Nassau

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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

In case you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time in Nassau. To learn detailed information about each museum, just click on the name.

Many travelers choose to visit Pirates of Nassau. It is located within downtown Nassau. Learn what made Nassau a perfect pirate hangout during the early 1700's and gain a new perspective on the city.

Attractions Map

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Bahamas Historical Society Museum. It is situated in downtown Nassau. 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.

National Art Galley of The Bahamas: At the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, you will be able to see some of the greatest local works and some truly authentic, and contemporary art. You will also have the option to look around this gallery with or without a guide to help you.

The chart right below has some key facts concerning museums you might enjoy in Nassau.

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

Do you like learning about the historical roots of countries you visit? If yes, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites while vacationing in Nassau.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Gregory Arch. It is located within downtown Nassau. In the 1820s, Grant's Town was created by Governor Lewis Grant as a settlement for slaves who had been freed during abolition. The archway was built to separate this section of town from the rest of Nassau.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Fort Montagu. It is situated in northeastern Nassau. 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: 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.

Be sure to look through the following table to see 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

Travelers will enjoy some other worthwhile places worth visiting in Nassau.

A common landmark for vacationers is Nassau Water Tower. It is located in downtown Nassau. This water tower was built in 1928 and funded by the United States as a reward for the Bahamas helping to prevent illegal shipments of alcohol to the US during the era of prohibition. In addition to storing water, the tower is also an observation tower that tourists can climb.

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

Keep in mind that you'll be able to find plenty of other types of attractions. Read this extended discussion about even more attractions if you need more specifics.


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