The Barbados Museum

The best way to learn about Barbados is through a visit to the Barbados Museum & Historical Society located in the island’s sole UNESCO World Heritage Property.

Before the establishment of the Society in 1933 and the museum’s opening in 1934, its 19th century buildings used to be the Garrison’s military prison. Explore the exhibits to learn about the island’s natural, social and military history, decorative and fine art and African artefacts.

‘Explore’ the new Children’s Gallery

The Jairus Brewster Gallery is a one-of-a-kind, dynamic and interactive gallery that allows children to learn about our world through sight, smell, hearing and touch.

Interactive model of the human body at the new Jairus Brewster Gallery
Interactive model of the human body at the new Jairus Brewster Gallery

From aerodynamic to building and construction stations and the human body exhibit, children’s curiosities and creativity will be stimulated as they play.

Entry is by appointment only and all COVID-19 protocols must be strictly adhered to when visiting.

Conduct Research or Learn Your Family History

Delve into rare West Indian documentation, archival documents, genealogical records, photographs, maps and books at the Museum’s Shilstone Memorial Library. It is open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm by appointment only. Contact to book an appointment.

Say I Do in a Historic Venue

The majestic gardens and cobbled stone courtyards of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society is the idyllic setting for your dream wedding. With two outdoor courtyards and one covered theatre space, our venue and wedding packages can be tailored to meet your needs. From your initial enquiry to the day itself, our Events Coordinator will work with you and can assist with directing you when sourcing your caterers, equipment and other rentals needed to make your big day memorable.

The Museum Shop

Take a piece of Barbados with you when you buy 100% Bajan made items from the Museum Shop. In store you will find a range of local books, souvenirs, jewellery, prints and other trinkets which make for unique keepsakes or gifts!  

Please contact them or check their website for dates of historic tours and other exciting activities.

Book a tour

Monthly Bus Tours

Unravel the stories and histories of different areas around the island.

Museum Gallery Tours

Guided or self-guided

Walking Tours of the Garrison Historic Area & Bridgetown

Visitors can do one or both!

Click here for opening days and times.