Landmarks on New Providence Island

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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. 

Museums

Pirates of Nassau

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.

Attractions Map

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.

Museums On New Providence Island
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

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.

Historic Sites On New Providence Island
Name Phone Location
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
Potter's Cay Artillery Battery -- 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

Miscellaneous Landmarks

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.

Nassau Water Tower: 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.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On New Providence Island
Name Type Location
Commonwealth Brewery Brewery 1.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Clifton Bay
Nassau Water Tower Observation Tower Downtown Nassau
Paradise Island Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.9 mi. Northwest of Downtown Nassau
Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome Monument 1.0 mi. South West of Central Clifton Bay
US Navy Squadron 1 Monument 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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