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. 


Pirates of Nassau

In case you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. To read additional information about each museum, you can click on the name.

A landmark worth visiting 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.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit 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: 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 following table enables you to learn more information about some museums to consider 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

In case you like to learn about the historical roots of foreign countries, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical sites while vacationing on New Providence Island.

A common landmark for vacationers is Cloisters. It is located within 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.

Many travelers also 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.

Fort Montagu: 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.

Review this table for a listing of historic 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

Travelers will enjoy some other interesting sites to visit on the island.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome. It is located within western New Providence Island. Sacred Spaces is unique in that sculptor Antonius Roberts did not transport these awe-inspiring sculptures to the space and set up an exhibit. Instead, with a reverence for the Bahamian landscape and the history of the island, he carved the sculptures of stoic slave women out of Casuarina trees that were eroding the island's shoreline.

If you're intrigued by the beer-making process, another destination you should think about 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.

The table below offers a few details concerning other kinds of attractions of interest to visitors.

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

Keep in mind that you'll find other attraction types available too. To read more about other attractions for New Providence Island, go to this article.


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