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The Barbados Museum and Historical Society is housed in historic buildings which were originally used as the military prison at St. Ann’s Garrison. During the 18th century the Caribbean was the scene of numerous military conflicts.The building of garrisons, forts and naval dockyards throughout the region was a direct result. Barbados became the headquarters of the Windward and Leeward command of the English forces, and St. Anns Garrison was rapidly expanded because of this. By 1816 most of the Garrison buildings had been constructed and the military prison was completed by 1853. This building is one of only twelve such prisons constructed anywhere in the British Empire, and as such it is unique to the region. .
Opening Hours
The Barbados Museum & Historical Society is open seven days a week
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed on public holidays

Early closure may occur on weekends on occasions when a private event is held on the premises.

Museum Gift Shop
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Uniquely Barbadian gifts such as hard-to-find books, prints and maps are available for purchase online.

The Shilstone Memorial Library
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Our library is open to the general public for research. Online resources will soon be available

Hiring us as a venue
The Museum’s courtyards provide an excellent venue for your event. Our garden setting will make your special occasion unforgettable.

Cost Per Visit
Children ages 5-16 - $ 7.50BDS (3.25USD)
Adults 17 years and above - $15.00BDS (7.50USD)

Most galleries in these 19th century buildings are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, however the Warmington, Cunard and Military Gallery are not easily accessed by wheelchair. While the Shilstone Memorial Library is not wheelchair accessible, an appointment may be pre-arranged.

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