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.

With extensive galleries and a dedicated library, the Barbados Museum & Historical Society is not only the foremost authority on the historical record of Barbados, but also an educator and a champion of the cultural heritage of our island.

Located in the island’s sole UNESCO World Heritage Site and housed in 19th-century military prison buildings,  the museum offers professional and research services to academics, history buffs, genealogists and anyone interested in learning a little bit more about Barbados.

Their services are far-reaching; not only providing tours and programmes to share the island’s rich heritage with the world but hosting cultural and personal events for all to enjoy.

Don’t take our word for it, browse the exhibitions and galleries or visit the Jairus Brewster Children’s Gallery and watch as history comes to life once more through the artefacts on display.

Book a Gallery, Walking or Bus Tour

Tour Guides bring the history and stories of the island alive through Barbados Museum Gallery tours, guided walking tours of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and the Garrison and very interesting and enjoyable Bus Tours around Barbados.

Walking, Bus and Guided Gallery tours must be booked in advance.

  1. Monthly Bus Tours to various sites around the island are also available at the end of each month.
  2. Visit our events page for upcoming bus tours.

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. Learn more here:

‘Explore’ the Interactive Children’s Gallery

The dynamic Jairus Brewster Children’s Gallery is geared toward children interested in science, technology and other STEM disciplines. It's an opportunity to engage their senses of sight, touch, smell and hearing as they play with the interactive exhibits.

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!