New Providence Island Landmarks

Photo credit: © Paul Hildebrandt
 

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

If you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on New Providence Island. To read more information regarding each museum, just click on the name.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is 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 landmark that often intrigues visitors is Bahamas Historical Society Museum. It is located in downtown Nassau. Exhibits at the museum feature collections of historic relics including a coat of arms, the islands' Declaration of Independence, stone slabs featuring petroglyphs, and scale models of historic ships.

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 table just below offers some key facts concerning museums you might enjoy 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

If you like to experience the history of a foreign country, you might enjoy visiting some of these historical attractions while on vacation on New Providence Island.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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 popular destination is 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: 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.

Look through this table for a list 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

Travelers can explore some other interesting sites on New Providence Island.

A common landmark for vacationers is Sacred Spaces: Women & Welcome. It is located within 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. Commonwealth is the only brewery in the Bahamas to brew local as well as international brands of beer. These include local beer Kalik, Heineken, Guinness, and Vitamalt.

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 other kinds of landmarks on New Providence Island are summarized in the chart 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 that you'll find other attraction types available too. To learn more about other attractions for New Providence Island, go to this page.

 

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