The most visited of the islands in the Bahamas, New Providence is the cultural showpiece of the country. Especially within the capital city of Nassau, tourists will find themselves overwhelmed with museums, historic architecture, lighthouses, and other government buildings filled with memorabilia and knowledge that will help them to understand and appreciate their vacation destination that much more.
Assuming you enjoy expanding your knowledge of other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain full details concerning each museum, click on the name.
One popular destination is Pirates of Nassau. It is situated in downtown Nassau. Pirates of Nassau is open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily, except Sunday, when they close at noon.
Another common landmark for vacationers is Bahamas Historical Society Museum. It is located 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: 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 following chart lists some key facts concerning some available museums on New Providence Island.
|Bahamas Historical Society Museum||(242) 322-4231||Downtown Nassau|
|Balcony House Museum||(242) 302-2621||Downtown Nassau|
|Junkanoo Expo||(242) 356-2731||Downtown 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|
If you like to experience the history of a foreign place, you should consider visiting some of these historical sites while vacationing on New Providence Island.
One popular destination is Cloisters. It is found on Paradise Island, New Providence Island. 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 Gregory Arch. It is found in 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.
Fort Montagu: 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.
Take a moment to look through the chart below for a listing of sites of historical interest on the island.
|Cloisters||(242) 363-3000||3.9 mi. Northeast of Central Nassau|
|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|
|--||1.4 mi. East of Downtown Nassau|
|Queen's Staircase||(242) 322-7500||Downtown Nassau|
|The Caves||(242) 302-2000||2.0 mi. West of Central Cable Beach|
Guests will explore some other intriguing attractions on New Providence Island.
A landmark worth visiting is Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome. It is located in western New Providence Island. 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.
If you want to observe the beer-making process, another destination you might enjoy visiting is Commonwealth Brewery. Established in 1986, Commonwealth Brewery Limited is the oldest and most successful brewery in the Bahamas.
: The Water Tower is only open to the public at certain times, so call ahead to see if it will be open.
The table directly below offers more information on the other kinds of attractions of interest to travelers.
|Commonwealth Brewery||Brewery||1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Clifton Bay|
|Observation Tower||Downtown Nassau|
|Lighthouse||0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Nassau|
|Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome||Monument||1.0 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay|
|Monument||1.6 mi. South-Southeast of Central Clifton Bay|
Needless to say, New Providence Island includes other attractions. You can read this page dedicated to even more attractions if you want to discover more details.
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