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Pompey Museum Bahamas is one of several museums in the Nassau Old Town area. Anyone looking to learn more about the country’s past would be remiss not to visit this informative destination.
Pompey Museum Bahamas is one of several museums in the Nassau Bahamas Bay Street area. While other museums may focus on piracy or highlight eclectic private antique collections, Pompey Museum of Emancipation and Slavery covers slavery and the subsequent emancipation. Located in an 18th-century building, the gallery is a thought-provoking addition to any Bahamas vacation.
Pompey Museum Bahamas is one of many sites in Nassau Old Town. This area of the city encompasses much of Downtown, making it one of the most accessible parts of the island to visit.
If you’re visiting Nassau on a cruise ship, you’ll be steps away from the museum and other attractions the moment you disembark. You can expect no more than a five-minute walk to reach Pompey Museum Bahamas.
Once you get to the museum, you can enter between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum closes at 1 p.m. on Thursday and is closed entirely on Sundays and public holidays.
Ticket prices (as of 2023*) are $5. Many travelers report considering that a fair price, given all you get to see!
Pompey Museum Bahamas is one of the many attractions in the Nassau Bahamas Bay Street area. Bay Street stretches east and west across the northern part of New Providence and offers access to beaches, historical sites, luxury hotels, and more.
Travelers cruising to the Bahamas can probably spend most of their day in the Nassau Bahamas Bay Street area. Likewise, if you’re looking for a place to stay, consider staying somewhere on the thoroughfare.
Slavery as an institution existed in the Bahamas for hundreds of years. Because of that, it shaped Bahamian history into its present form and is worth understanding.
As you explore Pompey Museum Bahamas, you’ll see everything from slave artifacts to text covering different topics relating to slavery. The museum also covers issues outside of the Bahamas; for example, it explains how different forms of slavery continue to exist around the world today.
In 1834, the law enabling state-sanctioned slavery expired. This freed thousands of men, women, and children from bondage in the Bahamas (and tens of thousands of more individuals across the British Empire).
However, as Pompey Museum Bahamas showcases, this didn’t instantly make things easier for freed people. For the next several decades, various institutional barriers remained.
The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation tells this entire story.
Pompey Museum Bahamas is in one of the island’s many historic structures: Vendue House. Dating back to 1784 (and perhaps even earlier), many original elements of the building remain to this day.
As you explore the museum, make sure to appreciate the age of your surroundings.
Pompey Square is next to the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation. While its name honors Pompey, the slave, it combines history with modern touches.
Travelers can access several restaurants and other venues that border the square. It also offers excellent views of nearby Nassau Harbour.
While there are many fun things to do in Downtown Nassau, visiting the Pompey Museum Bahamas should be at the top of your list. Combining informative displays and a historic building, the museum offers an impactful experience to all who visit.
Nassau is full of attractions that standard tour guides don’t mention. If you’re looking to learn about the best things to do in Downtown Nassau and on the rest of the island, check out our other travel posts. You’ll also want to use our interactive Nassau & Paradise Island map to plan out your itinerary!
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Hours: Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 9:30am – 4:30pm, Thurs 9:30am – 1:00pm (Closed Sundays & Holidays)
Phone: (242) 356-0495 or (242) 325-2315
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