1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum, Road Town: Hours, Address, 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum

1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum
4.5
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Sharon S
Mississauga, Canada61 contributions
Couples
If you are interested in the history of Tortola this museum is worth a visit.

We were visiting the nearby J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens and a fellow cruise ship passenger recommended that we walk over to see the museum and we're glad that we found it.
Admission was $5.U.S. each.
The woman who was working there that day was a lovely person & very knowledgeable.
It was not crowded & the building is a cool spot to get out of the sun.

There is much to learn there and it was very interesting.

We walked back to our cruise ship afterwards.
Written April 19, 2017
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,029 contributions
Friends
This museum is located in an old sugar processing plant which used to be located right on the shore. It is now located approximately 1 mile off the shore as the land area has since been filled to expand the shore. Museum contains a wide range of history for the BVI, including slavery, development, modernization, athletics, women, maritime, flora, fauna, fish, animals and more! There really is something for everyone who has any interest in learning about the history of the BVI. There are three separate rooms for browsing as well as a basement with some antique ship tools and instruments. In the main room when you first enter is a cotton machine that shows how the seeds were extracted and the cotton was pressed into 400 pound bales. This is just one of hundreds of interesting tools and artifacts from the past 150 years. Museum is conveniently located and is approximately a 20-25 minute walk from the shore.
Written May 8, 2015
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Vic L
Hartford, CT42 contributions
Friends
If you are a museum or old architecture person this is place for you. If you are not I would say think about it. It is only $5 so you can check it out and not feel bad if you don't like it. The building and history of the building alone are worth learning about. Then there are rooms with different themes that have a lot of information. The woman who greeted us at the door gave us basically a guided tour of the first few rooms. I wish I could remember her name. She was an artist who had gone to college in West Virginia. It was nice to hear about the artifacts instead of reading everything. One of the rooms is for changing art exhibits. When we went it was recycled glass art work. VERY nice work and the photos were awesome.
Written July 16, 2015
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Jeremy Y
Saint-Claude, Guadeloupe106 contributions
Family
This is something I really wanted to visit when I arrived in Tortola off a cruise ship. Sadly however as the cruise dropped us off on a Sunday it was closed which is a real shame because it really looked interesting
Written January 10, 2020
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Jordan S
Los Angeles, CA104 contributions
My daughter is a huge history buff. And I'm moderately interested. We got off the cruise ship and left the rest of the family to shop for trinkets. Got a taxi for $5/each to the Sugar Work Estate.

We were greeted by the lovely Ermin Penn, (she usually is working at the Old Government House) local Virgin Island historian expert! What a tremendous pleasure to have her walk us through the small but telling Museum. This museum details the local history of the slavery, sugar, cotton and the land grab of the local government. Highly recommend

Written December 28, 2016
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
Friends
This tiny museum is informative and worth a visit if you are in Road town. The white building is easy to see just off the main road heading east out of town. The entrance fee is only a few dollars. The lady there was very pleasant and happy to share knowledge. The museum covers lots of topics in relation to BVI, sugar, cotton, slavery, the past way of life as well as temporary art exhibits. We found it interesting because of the links BVI had with the Lancashire cotton industry where we are from.
Written January 9, 2016
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Snorkel
Concord, MA46 contributions
Family
We went here for the second time to view an art show by a local painter. That was interesting, but the rest of the museum really tells a story about the BVI in old pictures and artifacts. It is $20.00 to walk through the entire museum and no charge to view the show. The curator and I talked at length about the recipes for "sugar cakes", a local sweet treat. Definitely worth a stop.
Written March 8, 2015
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cherriesfan_9
Cheltenham, UK6,776 contributions
Couples
Helpful exhibits explaining how sugar with its associated misery of slavery came to, and was later abolished in the British Virgin Islands.
The lovely lady in charge of this fascinating museum was just about to close up for the day when we arrived, but she not only remained open but joined us and explained some of the exhibits and the issues.
Lots to see; such as the good explanation of the importance of sugar and the BVI. On the lighter side displays / domestic artifacts from the 1920S & 1930s such as rather uncomfortable beds with no mattresses only sacks of vegetation / kitchen implements.
More to see including Naval history in the basement, and places to visit / geology of the islands on the ground floor - and a store of tales from that lovely lady in charge. Small admission charge; well worth it.
Written December 21, 2014
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fizzy1991
Nashville, TN5,701 contributions
Friends
This is a great little museum to tell you a little of the history of this island and the people here. Everything from making rum to slavery.
Written March 27, 2017
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S W
Moss Beach, CA71 contributions
Family
The charge for this little museum was minimal and there was so much information and old pictures crammed into the small space. I enjoyed it.
Written August 30, 2015
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM