Arlington House Museum
Arlington House Museum
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9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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  • evanderhorrified
    Glasgow, United Kingdom134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nicely done exhibits.
    Attractive building with small but interesting exhibits on 3 floors. Helpful staff, opening times are worth checking in advance. Not all interactive items working during my visit, but still very interesting telling of local and island history. I especially enjoyed the sugar cane room. Price 30 Barbados dollars for tourists, reduced price for locals I think. My visit was 45minutes to an hour.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Arlington House on TripAdvisor. We're delighted to hear that you found our historic building and exhibits attractive and that our staff were helpful during your visit. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the interactive items not working properly during your time with us. Rest assured, we have addressed these issues to ensure all aspects of our exhibits are fully operational for our guests to enjoy. It's wonderful to know that you found the telling of local and island history interesting, particularly in the sugar cane room. We strive to offer engaging and educational experiences that showcase the rich heritage of our region. Regarding admission prices, you are correct that we offer a reduced rate for locals. We aim to make Arlington House accessible to everyone and appreciate your understanding of our pricing structure. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another enriching visit in the future.
    Written May 30, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 6, 2023
  • Joanna
    Bristol, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating local museum
    Small and perfectly formed local museum on 3 floors of 300 yr old chandlery trading house. Warm welcome and explanation, really interactive with film, audio, text and sounds/experiential media, exhibits, maps and photographs. Covers history of Barbados formation and colonisation, sugar industry and sea faring trade, with lots of social history stories from local people and families. Very interesting and well worth the visit, which took us just over an hour.
    Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to share you experience with us as well as future visitors. We appreciate your detail feedback and hope to welcome you again in the future as we continue to develop the exhibits.
    Written May 30, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Zowiegirl
    37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy it has Reopened!
    I’m very happy to see that Arlington House Museum has reopened. I have visited many times in the past but unfortunately, those times that I took my students to Speightstown to experience it for themselves, it was closed. Now that it has reopened, I’d like to take some of them as it speaks to a slice of our history that most Bajans do not know about. The museum itself, is interactive, having a series of display stations on the ground floor where you can unhook telephones and listen to old Barbadians speak of their lives. There’s also a gift shop on the ground floor and on the upper levels there is an area where you can watch a video about the formation of the island, engage in other interactive displays and view an old floor map of the island. What I find new and refreshing is that the Museum is hosting activities that invite the public to visit. For example, there was a recent paint and sip and on International Museum Day, they featured local authors.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2024
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Zowiegirl
Bridgetown, Barbaos37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I’m very happy to see that Arlington House Museum has reopened. I have visited many times in the past but unfortunately, those times that I took my students to Speightstown to experience it for themselves, it was closed. Now that it has reopened, I’d like to take some of them as it speaks to a slice of our history that most Bajans do not know about. The museum itself, is interactive, having a series of display stations on the ground floor where you can unhook telephones and listen to old Barbadians speak of their lives. There’s also a gift shop on the ground floor and on the upper levels there is an area where you can watch a video about the formation of the island, engage in other interactive displays and view an old floor map of the island. What I find new and refreshing is that the Museum is hosting activities that invite the public to visit. For example, there was a recent paint and sip and on International Museum Day, they featured local authors.
Written July 2, 2024
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evanderhorrified
Glasgow, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Attractive building with small but interesting exhibits on 3 floors. Helpful staff, opening times are worth checking in advance.
Not all interactive items working during my visit, but still very interesting telling of local and island history.
I especially enjoyed the sugar cane room.
Price 30 Barbados dollars for tourists, reduced price for locals I think.
My visit was 45minutes to an hour.
Written December 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Arlington House on TripAdvisor. We're delighted to hear that you found our historic building and exhibits attractive and that our staff were helpful during your visit. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the interactive items not working properly during your time with us. Rest assured, we have addressed these issues to ensure all aspects of our exhibits are fully operational for our guests to enjoy. It's wonderful to know that you found the telling of local and island history interesting, particularly in the sugar cane room. We strive to offer engaging and educational experiences that showcase the rich heritage of our region. Regarding admission prices, you are correct that we offer a reduced rate for locals. We aim to make Arlington House accessible to everyone and appreciate your understanding of our pricing structure. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another enriching visit in the future.
Written May 30, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

papaash2017
Greater London, UK66 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Opening hours are flexible so double check or have a plan B. We visited on a Wednesday and despite the opening hours being posted outside( open at 10 a.m) it was still closed at 1.30 pm when we had to leave the area. Shane as it looked really interesting!
Written May 22, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us regarding your visit to Arlington House. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you experienced. We understand how disappointing it can be to arrive and find the museum closed unexpectedly. Since taking over management, on 13th May 2024, we have implemented several improvements to ensure better communication with our visitors. We have now updated our information to clearly indicate any deviations from our usual opening hours, and we are working diligently to prevent similar occurrences in the future. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm with the last tour at 4 pm. Saturdays 9 am to 3 pm with the last tour at 2 pm. If you see other information elsewhere. Please let us know as we seek to correct misinformation that is already in the public space.
Written June 4, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joanna
Bristol, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Small and perfectly formed local museum on 3 floors of 300 yr old chandlery trading house. Warm welcome and explanation, really interactive with film, audio, text and sounds/experiential media, exhibits, maps and photographs. Covers history of Barbados formation and colonisation, sugar industry and sea faring trade, with lots of social history stories from local people and families. Very interesting and well worth the visit, which took us just over an hour.
Written February 12, 2024
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Thank you for your visit and for taking the time to share you experience with us as well as future visitors. We appreciate your detail feedback and hope to welcome you again in the future as we continue to develop the exhibits.
Written May 30, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

RealTravelman
Oroville, CA1,052 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
I honestly can't understand why everyone is praising this place. This was the worst museum I've ever been to. Trust me, there is nothing interesting here. The only reason I went was because of all the good reviews, and for 25 BBD, I thought I would be seeing displays of artifacts. There is nothing there, accept videos, and pictures of people I don't know, or care about. And almost all the information they said in the videos, I already knew. We wanted to leave, but there were guides everywhere, and we didn't want to be rude, so we were stuck in this tourist trap for almost an hour.
You're not allowed to take pictures, but that's okay, since there is nothing to take pictures of. If you want to pop inside, just visit the bottom floor. It's free, and is the only floor worth visiting. Otherwise, don't waste your time. There are museums in Barbados that are far more interesting than this one. This museum should cost 5 BBD, NOT 25.
Seriously, don't waste your time and money. Just message me, and I will send you a bunch of internet links, where you can get the same exact information for FREE.
Written January 26, 2015
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Leppard2016
Surrey, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Happily able to use out UK National Trust membership card here! So interesting to see the actual building - as interesting as the exhibits. Definitely worth a look
Written June 4, 2019
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NealeAndersson
Findon, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
We visited this as National Trust members wanting to learn more about the history of both Speightstown and the island generally. The house has been beautifully preserved and renovated – the last of its architectural kind on the island. It contains masses of information about the island’s history with audio-visuals, films, static displays, interactive displays and also guided tour. We were there when children from local schools were there so had the added bonus of a presentation.
There is a fee to enter, and a book store selling related material.
Written December 4, 2018
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DinFrance
Stroud, UK532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
When first walked in didn't come across as incredibly impressive - particularly when reeling from a $25-a-head ticket price (that said they did look favourably on pricing the five of us).

But once I had managed to shed my Anglo-Saxon mentality - and chilled a bit - it is actually very good. Not loads of old artefacts etc but very good at setting the story of the island thru the ages. There is a film and a few interactive bits that kept the children interested.

It is set over three floors and very creatively done. There is a guide that takes a (small) group round an explains everything which makes all the more personable and approachable.

As with everyone in Barbados, the staff are friendly and helpful.

Bottom line: would very much recommend (particularly as the town is interesting as well)
Written February 7, 2017
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Heather S
Leeds, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
An interesting museum.you get to know a brief history of the island. Interactive displays and a guide available . Set on 3 floors and a little shop there too.
Written July 30, 2015
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Kate A
Glasgow, UK187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Having visited Speightstown many times and never been to the museum, we decided this year it would be top of our 'to do' list.
What an amazing and informative experience.
The house, the guide, the 21st Century inter-active displays....
There is a display of postcard messages/memories of folk whose lives have been spent in Speightstown. Truly fascinating, well worth he visit. There is the most amazing floor map showing the major forts defending the town from sea attack.
The museum is a cool sanctuary in the heart of a busy, evocative town and from the moment you step through the door, you are transported to bygone times.
Written October 24, 2016
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