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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 #27 of 60 attractions in Nassau
Type: Museums
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Watervliet, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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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Ossipee, New Hampshire
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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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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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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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Nassau, New Providence Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I have visited the Historical society and have even had a chance of performing as a musician on its stage. There are many artifacts including tools used by slaves as well as Arawaks, old pictures of Nassau city, various land marks and hotels, genealogy, books and articles. It also feature local plays and concerts from time to time. I was... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I thought this visit was very informative and helpful to understand aspects of Bahamian culture not available to the average tourist. The Historical Society is housed in a large one room building with exhibits around the perimeter. Two women were 'manning' the desk when I visited. One of the docents was giving a detailed explanation to some guests. Though there... More

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