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 like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on New Providence Island. You can click on the museum names to read detailed information.

A common landmark for vacationers 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.

Attractions Map

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Bahamas Historical Society Museum. It is found 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: The Gallery is closed Monday. It is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

The chart directly below offers some key facts regarding the available museums on the 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

Do you like exploring the history of foreign countries? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical attractions while on vacation on New Providence Island.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Cloisters. It is situated 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 landmark that often intrigues visitors is Gregory Arch. It is found 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.

Fort Montagu: The fort is always open to the public, but guided tours are available between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Look through the following table for information concerning historical sites 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 can discover some other interesting places worth visiting on New Providence Island.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome. It is situated 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'd like to learn more about the beer-making process, another destination you might consider visiting is Commonwealth Brewery. Established in 1986, Commonwealth Brewery Limited is the oldest and most successful brewery in the Bahamas.

Nassau Water Tower: 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.

Some of the other kinds of landmarks on the island are provided in the table below.

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

Bear in mind, New Providence Island has additional attraction types. If interested, you can get more details concerning other attractions here.

 

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