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National Museum of Montserrat

National Museum of Montserrat Review

The National Trust, which aims to conserve and enhance the island's natural beauty and cultural heritage, moved its headquarters and collection to this handsome new building in March 2012. The museum features permanent and rotating exhibits on Arawak canoe building, colonial sugar and lime production (the term limey was first applied here to English sailors trying to avoid scurvy), indigenous marine life, West Indian cricket, the annual Calabash Festival, island folklore like mocko jumbies (spirits), and the history of Sir George Martin's Air Studios, which once lured top musicians from Dire Straits to Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. The back room houses a charming small-scale recreation of pre-eruption Plymouth via blown-up photos, cutouts, and dioramas. Eventually one archival exhibit will screen videos of Montserrat's oral history related by its oldest inhabitants.

Updated: 03-04-2014

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