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“Great place to learn about the history of Grenada”

Grenada National Museum
Ranked #10 of 59 things to do in St. George's
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Small history museum with galleries on Grenada's Kalinago inhabitants; European influence from the 15th century; and modern history such as, the sinking of Italian cruise ship 'The Bianca C' in 1961, Grenada independence in 1974 and the 1979 Revolution. Displays include collections of Amerindian pottery, canons, from the British/French battles for the island, coppers used during the slave era to process sugarcane, and a mix of objects reflecting the colonial period of the 17th and 18th century.
Reviewed November 11, 2013

Nestled in one of the winding steep streets of St Georges, the capital of Grenada, is the country’s national museum. Fortunately, it is within easy of Grand Anse where I was staying.
The day I visited, there was some minor renovation work being undertaken, which I would have taken a while to notice if I hadn’t been told and given a polite apology on arrival. Coming from the land of builder who happily crash and bang about at any opportunity, a bit of quiet plastering wasn’t going to bother me.
There is a little bit of updating that the museum could benefit from, such as replacing a cocoa pod that was in a lovely display case, or rearranging some of the more forlorn looking stuffed birds. However, this is quite a minor issue for what the museum offers.
I was determined to visit the museum after I missed out the last time I visited the island, and I was glad I did. Though there are some exhibits that make you feel a little sad, there are still many interesting curios to see.
There is much to learnt from visiting the museum, for example, I was not aware that whaling had been undertaken off the Grenadian coats, or that record breaking fish had been caught there. Had it not been for a friendly member of staff, I would have missed out on the second floor, so it would have been nice if this was properly sign-posted.
Grenada has such a varied and fascinating history and it was lovely to see some of this at the museum. There are also a small amount of items to purchase as souvenirs too.
At $5EC, a trip to the museum is a real bargain and enables you to learn something about the island and its varied history.

Thank TinyTitan2013
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Okay folks, this is a small and disorganized museum. It is also very inexpensive and worth every penny. I urge you to visit the local museum wherever you go (including your hometown). The Grenada National Museum will surely have a something to enhance your island visit.

This is the kind of place where you will find a little bit of everything, sometimes with no explanation of what it is or why it is there. What should you do when you need more information about an artifact? Ask a question! You will find locals are happy to talk about their history and proud of their little museum. By asking, your are also showing them what is important to you... Which can lead to a better presentation in the future. Maybe. We hope.

When we visited this time there was an informative display upstairs about the 1983 coup that led to the "wag the dog" intervention by the US. Fun facts we usually don't hear repeated at home are included, but I will let you discover those on your own.

And if you do come away with a feeling that this museum needs some help (it does), remember there is a receptacle for free will donations near the entrance! Lets support local museums!

1  Thank SaltoSapo
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a small museum but one filled with facts. It shows the start of the war, the airlift of the students at Ross University and contains pictures of the phone booth (which is still there) where the call came in advising of the start of the war. There is a lot of history in a small spot and something everyone should see.

Thank joan g
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Oh dear! For a national museum it is dire. It is like a private collection in the back of someone's garage! The official tea service presented by HM the Queen on their independence hasn't seen a duster or a damp cloth since it was put in its glass cabinet 25-30 years ago. There is some useful information about the original Caribs and Arawaks of the island and exhibits and info about the slave trade and the sugar plantations.

The entrance fee is only about 1 UK pound so make a visit - they need the money! It's opposite Court's Furniture store, on the Carenage side of the town centre.

4  Thank Steve M
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

There is clearly a lack of funding here, but visit the museum and show your support. There are treasures in there that must be protected. Some very interesting displays and the curator is an interesting and friendly gent to chat to.

1  Thank Razinski
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