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Address: corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue, Nassau, New Providence Island
Phone Number: 242 322 4231
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Small, but worth visit

It was quiet so we had a private tour by Robert. He was fluid and well informed. It is a small site but is very interesting. It had a good collection of objects, manuscripts and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

It was quiet so we had a private tour by Robert. He was fluid and well informed. It is a small site but is very interesting. It had a good collection of objects, manuscripts and photos. The exhibits covered the early native peoples to exploration of he islands to the European and slave settlements. There were some hand made Marti... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Stumbled upon this museum during a walk around Nassau. You learnt the history of the islands throughout a cartoon story boards. Well worth the visit if you want to know about the culture and history of these paradise islands.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I am giving this 5 stars for effort. It is free. It is staffed by volunteers so the hours can vary. If you like history it is worth a stop. If you do not like history is is not worth a special trip. The exhibits are not up to modern standards. There are typos and hand-written corrections on displays. But... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We decided to duck in here while wandering around Nassau, as it's just a few blocks from the Queen's Staircase. It's relatively small and filled with what seem to be historical items and dioramas handed down from the previous occupants of the space, the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire. While the items themselves are not that impressive... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

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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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
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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
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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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NY, NY
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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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