Nassau Historical Attractions

Explore the many Historical Landmarks and insightful Museums

Nassau is rich in historical attractions and landmarks that offer a glimpse into the Bahamas’ colonial past. Start with the historic Government House, an elegant Georgian-style mansion, and Fort Charlotte, a colonial-era fort with impressive architecture.

Explore the vibrant Pompey Square, named after a slave who led a rebellion, featuring art installations and live performances. Home to the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation housed in the historic Vendue House.

Don’t forget the iconic Queen’s Staircase, a limestone staircase cut by slaves in the late 18th century, symbolizing Nassau’s rich history. Take the 66-steps to the top of Bennetts Hill and visit the historic Fort Fincastle. 

Historical Landmarks

The Nassau Old Town buildings offer a captivating glimpse into the city’s rich history and colonial heritage, making Nassau a fascinating destination for history enthusiasts.

There are several historical landmark buildings to visit in downtown, including the Government House, an elegant Georgian mansion, serves as the official residence of the Governor-General.

Nassau Museums

Explore through time at one of Nassau's many museums and heritage centers

Nassau city’s roots trace back to its founding in the late 17th century. Since then it’s experienced piracy, colonisation, British Rule, slavery, emancipation and most recently Independence (50 years Ago). These historical and cultural facets make Nassau a captivating destination for those seeking to explore the Bahamas’ rich history and artistic expressions.

Learn more about these turbulent times of the Bahamas story at one of Nassau’s many museums or heritage centers.

Nassau Walking Tour

A self guided walking Tour is a fantastic way to visit the many Historical Landmarks and Museums in Nassau Old Town.

Download a FREE copy of our Walking Tour Map to use offline during your visit to Nassau. With so many fascinating attractions to choose from, our downtown walking loop is a convenient way to visit the best cultural attractions in Nassau.

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Nassau Forts

As piracy flourished in the Bahamas, the British Empire became increasingly concerned about its image and trade disruptions. In response the fortification of Nassau began around 1718.

Fort Nassau (1697) made from wood, served as a strategic defense point against potential invasions, including piracy. It was later surpassed by three limestone Forts built on the island. Fort Nassau no longer exists.

These Nassau Forts guarded Nassau’s harbour and was pivotal in repelling various attacks, including the Spanish and American forces. The fortifications played a crucial role in safeguarding the city and its valuable harbour, reflecting the historical significance of Nassau’s strategic location and its colonial history.