The Heritage Museum of the Bahamas

The Heritage Museum of the Bahamas

The Heritage Museum of the Bahamas
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Heritage Museum of The Bahamas opened in July 2014, and is the foundation of Graycliff's new Heritage Village. Located in the historically preserved Mountbatten House on West Hill Street, the museum offers visitors an in depth look at the history and heritage of The Bahamas, ranging from the pre-historic times to today. The majority of the collection exhibited at the museum is owned by Hamilton White, a well-known British antiques collector. Mr. White's expansive collection greatly complements all that lies on historical West Hill Street, with relics and treasures spanning the centuries to include natural history and fossils, the days of Columbus, the piracy era, slavery and plantation life, the Maritimes of the 18th century, life in the out islands during the early 1900's, the days of the Duke of Windsor, the Royal Air Force, Bahamas Speed Weeks, and so much more.... The oldest of artefacts being a slice of a meteorite which is approximately 4.5 billion years old.
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Laura W
Jensen Beach, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We stopped in to the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas on a recent cruise trip and were very glad that we did. The price was low for the wealth of information we received and I would gladly have paid more to help support them. The staff was knowledgeable
and friendly.
Written 4 February 2020
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Mkaup83
Sudbury, Canada125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
This was part of our tour of Nassau. It was a “revolving house” which means you go from room to room and then end up at the start of the house again. The tour guide was very informative and she spoke loud enough for the entire group. Here we learned about the history of the Bahamas and the Bahamian people. Very informative tour.
Written 24 November 2021
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DandJMaryland
Dunedin, FL83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
A great place to:
...Find something special in a tourist area.
...See some really unique relics.
...do something a little more quiet.
...Bring the kids.
This is a private collection of the most unique things I've ever seen....A meteor! Christopher Columbus's stuff! So much other random stuff....It is arranged in an effort to be tied together and be a part of Bahamian history. All set in a 150 year old historical house. Everything about it is really neat.
The price is really perfect considering how over priced everything is in the area. And it was the only place we went that didn't over charge us or charge random fees on top of the stated price.
The ticket comes with a tour guide that will explain and tell stories.
We has Shavon. She was awesome. She tailored the tour to our 5 year old. She actually held her attention through the entire museum!
The Graycliff has many businesses. We will definitely check out the chocolate factory next time!
Written 12 October 2014
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Oceans242
Offenbach, Germany240 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Business
Sure, the building is pretty, and some of the exhibits are interesting. However... their value in telling the history of the Bahamas is dubious. At best. Many, if not most of the exhibits, have little relevance to the Bahamas, and more generically represent the story of British imperialism and colonialism. I chose the word "represent" over the word "tell," for there are virtually no captions explaining what it is they display, or why they are significant. The staff didn't help, either. They were not knowledgeable about the exhibition, instead appeared interested only in pushing the rather tacky items sold in the gift store. Finally, especially towards the end of the museum tour, the narrative of the artefacts becomes, to say it cautiously, racially insensitive.

The entrance fee was as high as you would expect of a for-profit tourist trap in an already overpriced tourist town. Instead of wasting your money at this "Heritage Museum," I recommend that anyone genuinely interested in Bahamian history and culture instead visit either the National Art Gallery, conveniently located around the corner, or the Museum of the Bahamas Historical Society, which is just off Bay Street, and also definitely within walking distance from the touristic centre of downtown Nassau.
Written 11 December 2014
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Carrick F
Abilene, TX84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Family
This museum begins long before Bahamas' written history, which only began with it's discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492. This is a welcome addition. We have been visiting the Bahamas annually since before Princess Diana was the original "Bahama Mama". As for those who call it expensive, "Welcome to the Bahamas, mon!" The price includes an audio tour which is quite informative. It would benefit from a few more identification signs for the artifacts displayed. One has to jump from one exhibit to another (within the same room) to find everything the guide talks about. Each room is organized by date. From prehistoric to WW II +. It encourages touching and interacting with some of the artifacts. Something I've not seen before. The museum occupies Mountbatten House, a 150+ year old house that has been restored (at great expense I'm sure) by the owner of Graycliff, which is across the street. It was interesting to learn that that West Hill Street was once "the" address of the rich and powerful. Just look around and you'll find many incredible mansions, including Government House, Villa Doyle (1860) and the afore mentioned Graycliff strung like pearls along this highest street in Nassau. There are other beautiful houses, many badly in need of restoration, as neighbors. I am delighted that Mr. Garzaroli, of Graycliff, bought and restored this elegant home and has enriched Nassau with a more comprehensive museum than the others here.
Graycliff (1740) and many other 100+ year old homes and businesses have weathered numerous direct hits from hurricanes. Yet they are still standing. Maybe we should learn about their construction when building or rebuilding along our own hurricane prone coast. They are obviously doing something right.
Written 3 February 2015
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vickie s
Brunswick, GA519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
This museum is filled with amazing artifacts from the 1400s forward. There is everything from swords to furniture, cooking pots to armor. The history of the Bahamas is rich and this museum shares the wonder of their history. Take the time to explore the rooms in this old, beautiful house and you will walk away with a much deeper understanding of the Bahamas and its people.
Written 17 December 2014
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LindasDoral
Dania Beach, FL335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Heard about this through Trip Advisor reviews. It is all that the reviews say. For $12.50 you get to view this unique private collection along with an audio tour. Some things you can touch and photographing is fine. We asked for a senior rate (don't think they had), but after some playful bantering they charged us $10 each. Some may think it's a bit pricey, however, I think it is worth it and would have paid the $12.50 with no regrets. Staff was friendly and happy to answer questions.
Written 17 November 2014
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ladyluke
Boston, MA59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
I have reviewed two other museums in Nassau and have given top reviews for each. I am usually a very enthusiastic endorser of museums, but this particular place drove me crazy. I wish I could break down my “average” rating because one part of this museum would rate a five, another few parts a one, and the rest somewhere in between. A one rating should be given to the recording system used if you are not on a tour, which we were told was not available to us. Not sure why. The small recorder kept stopping and then one had to go back to the beginning and try to fast forward to where it had stopped. I traded out my faulty recorder for a new one three times before giving up entirely since each recorder stopped working, and I never got beyond part of the second room with the recorder. (The narration on the recorder was second-rate, in any event.) Another one rating should be given for the almost total lack of labels or written explanations of the exhibits with a few exceptions. A two rating should be given for the fact that this museum needs serious editing. It seems that any and every artifact given to the museum is on display without regard to the worthiness of its place in the collection. Someone with museum experience needs to assess the collection and carefully choose what should be on display at a particular time. Then within each room, care needs to be taken to present the artifacts in a meaningful way with appropriate context. This museum does not have much space and they have a lot of material; the result is that much of the collection just looks like stuff emptied out of someone’s attic. One exhibit, however, rates a five. Along one long hallway there is a fascinatingly appalling collection of black memorabilia that spans a period of many years. This collection does have labels and some explanations. The casual and cruel racism of these pieces is eye-opening. I have seen other collections of similar material over the years, but this display is the most comprehensive and, consequently, the most revealing of them all. It is hard to look at this collection without becoming enraged at the ignorance and arrogance of those who originally created and displayed these pieces. If someone visits the museum with children, this particular display needs to be approached with a great deal of sensitivity and explanation.
Written 9 March 2019
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outsdad
new york city62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This museum contains a myriad of artifacts from pre colonial times to the present. We spent a pleasant 40 minutes. The only reason it's not 5 stars is the lack of air conditioning on a very warm day.
Written 20 April 2018
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Jose C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
We took a tour with Jada and it was Wonderful! She not only gave us an extended detailed tour but afterwards she also suggested some Good Local food spots other than the Touristy Fish fry which everyone was sending us.
This museum is Incredible!= It looks small from the outside but when you get inside and see all of the original artifacts , you will bee amazed.
Enjoyed Our time
Written 3 February 2015
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