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Bahamas Historical Society

corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, Nassau, New Providence Island
242 322 4231
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Ranked #42 of 62 Attractions in Nassau
Type: Museums
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The place is not a museum and the entrance is for free. There are various exhibits of different quality and a cardboard hand painted history of the islands and the pirate lives associated to them. There is scarce information regarding the life of the original inhabitants. You may also see photos from time past and how the island was looking... More

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16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Closed up despite the sign showing the opening hours , I hung about for 15 mins but nobody showed up. There is a place in West Hill St called the Heritage Museum of the Bahamas which is fascinating so I suggest going there instead of this hopeless place

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Watervliet, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Housed in the former IODE (Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire) Headquarters, this is an odd collection of salvaged relics. It's much like small town museums in the US that are visited by bored school children on field trips. Far more interesting was the fairly long conversation I had with the volunteer docent who told me about the... More

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Uxbridge, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Free to get into, but donations keep the place running. Volunteer was very informative and helpful - tons of artifacts from shipwrecks, wars, colonization, abolishment of slavery. Very much enjoyed this

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Halfmoon Bay, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

It really is too bad that the documents are not being well preserved here because they are fascinating! interesting maps and photos- must see!

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169 reviews 169 reviews
44 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you are walking around downtown Nassau you should definitely swing by the Bahamas Historical Society. Filled with artifacts and drawings from the history of the Bahamas you will be certain to learn something new about these islands. I was particularly fascinated by the history of the IODE - International Order of the Daughters of the Empire - the previous... More

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Ossipee, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Beautiful day so we decided to walk. The museum is supposed to be open at 10:00 a.m. We waited for 30 minutes and no one showed up to open. I visited Nassau in 2007 and I was disappointed how rundown and dirty Nassau has become in six years. Lots of closed stores and overpriced junk from China. I won't be... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

We were passing by and we decided to take a look. It's free of charge. The museum is not great but it has some info about the first habitants of Bahamas. The lady in the front desk was very welcoming.

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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82 reviews 82 reviews
29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

After nearly 40 years visiting the Bahamas, a tour of this museum was a first, and can be highly recommended. From the time of Columbus's discovery of the islands in 1492, this lovely spot has had a rich and fascinating history of pirates, foreign colonizations and more recent independence. While the museum is pretty basic, it provides maps and history... More

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I'm a life-member, and probably don't visit as much as I should, but for visitors, this is a great place to ge a feel for Bahamas history and the people and events that make for interesting learning.

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