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“A Great Way to Finish the day”
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Walking Tour Through Basseterre
Ranked #21 of 43 things to do in Basseterre
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“A Great Way to Finish the day”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We were in St. Kitts on a Royal Caribbean port call. After our morning excursion to Brimstone Hill and Romney Manor, we had time in town before returning to the ship. We enjoy museums and were not disappointed in this little gem in the old Treasury Building within easy walking distance of the pier. While not elaborate or particularly modern, the museum has colorful displays and artifacts. I particularly enjoyed the costumes and pictures from early island history. The large rooms on the second floor were cooled by large fans. If the doors were kept closed to hold the cool air, it was comfortable.

The nominal $3.00 fee was well worth the 45 minutes we spent. A few souvenir items were available for purchase on the ground floor where the tickets are sold. The staff was helpful and pleasant. We did not see the steel drum others have mentioned.

We enjoy learning about country flags and symbolism. The national flag for St. Kitts and Nevis is green for fertile land; yellow for the ever present sunshine; black for the African history; red for the years of struggle from slavery through independence. The two white stars on the black diamond bar symbol hope and liberty.

If you are looking for a quiet place to spend time learning more about the island, I recommend the museum.

Visited December 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Impressive display of Caribbean History and culture, small and will finish within an hour.”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

The National Museum is just round the corner when you get off the Cruise Port of Zante. Keep walking towards the left from the Port Information Center and the National Museum will be the last building. Beyond it is where the town of Basseterre starts. The building looks impressive and the tickets are available downstairs. The admit is $3 and you can climb up a flight of stairs and the Museum is in the first floor. The Museum is really small and fits in three huge halls. They have divided it into 3 parts. The culture, history and the colonial. The Museum gives you a first hand glimpse of life in St. Kitts and it is quite interesting. You can get to see all lot of things and also learn a lot. The displays are quite unique.
Also, the lady at the counter is so helpful! She gave us a small guide to the Museum and later on helped us a lot with places to eat and visit.
It will not take too much of time, but definitely do visit this place.

Visited January 2014
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New York City, New York
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“A very nice small West Indian museum”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Don't expect a grand experience. This is only a small and simple museum, but it does not cost much, and is worth a visit. It occupies part of a fine colonial cut-stone building which is beautiful to see, both from the outside and from the inside.

The museum staff will be glad to help you if you have questions about St. Kitts.

Visited March 2013
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“Well worth a vist”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Within easy walking distance from the ship.spent a pleasant hour looking round,only $3.not suitable for anyone who struggles with stairs.

Visited November 2013
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“quaint introduction”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

it is in the middle of a host of good and possibly disconcerting elements. Port Zante is the hub for tourists getting off the boat.
I suggest this is a start. then if you are hungry...go to ballahoo across the "circus" . you will want to appreciate that this town is all thats left of what has been. The plan is to rip it all down and start anew. Go see real and unimproved while you still can!

Visited March 2013
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