This intriguing museum, established in 1933 in the former British Military Prison (1815) in the historic St. Ann's Garrison area, has artifacts from Arawak days (around 400 BC) along with galleries that depict 19th-century military history and everyday social history. You can see cane-harvesting tools, wedding dresses, ancient (and frightening) dentistry instruments, and slave sale accounts noted in spidery copperplate handwriting. The museum's Harewood Gallery showcases
the island's natural environment, its Cunard Gallery has a permanent collection of West Indian prints bequeathed to the museum by Sir Edward Cunard, and its Warmington Gallery showcases decorative arts that depict the planter's lifestyle in Barbados. Additional galleries include one with exhibits targeted to children. The Shilstone Memorial Library houses rare West Indian documentation—archival documents, genealogical records, photos, books, and maps—dating back to the 17th century. The museum also has a gift shop and a café.
Nov 15, 2002
This museum has a wonderful collection of things relating to Barbados and is a great place to go to learn more about the island's history. Don't expect a lot of high tech or interactive displays, but it is a very interesting place.