Top Museums in the Caribbean

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    History, Art, Music and More on Display at These 7 Caribbean Museums

    Singlesex Art Exhibit, National Gallery of the Bahamas
    Singlesex Art Exhibit, National Gallery of the Bahamas. © National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

    Visiting a museum in the Caribbean isn't just a great rainy day activity -- it's an excellent opportunity to learn about the islands' unique history and culture. Here are some of the best museums in the Caribbean focused on everything from fine arts to reggae to rum.

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    Museo de las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Museo de las Casas Reales, Dominican Republic
    Museo de las Casas Reales, Dominican Republic. Via Wikipedia

    Located in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, El Museo de las Casas Reales, or the Museum of the Royal Houses, is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the Dominican capital. The building, constructed in the early 1500s, is designed in the Spanish Colonial architectural style and currently serves as the home to the historical museum of Santo Domingo. With artifacts ranging from Colonial furnishings to antique weapons, and including artifacts from the native Taino tribes, the museum is a tribute to Dominican history, both in structure and in its historical collections.  

    Museum Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    National Museum and Art Gallery, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

    National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago
    National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago. By David Stanley/CC by 2.0

    Located in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the National Museum and Art Gallery is a great destination for art lovers and historians alike. Featuring rotating exhibits and over 10,000 permanent artifacts, the museum and gallery contributes an extensive examination of Trinidad and Tobago’s life and culture, including the country’s ongoing history in the oil and gasoline trade. Also permanent fixtures at the National Museum and Art Gallery are major galleries with focuses on Art, Social History, Natural History, Economic History, Petroleum, and Geology.  

    Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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    Musee du Rhum Saint-James, Saint-Marie, Martinique

    Rum museum, St. James distillery, Martinique
    Rum museum, St. James distillery, Martinique. By jessyFlash2vie/CC by 2.0

    The Musee du Rhum Saint-James is, as you might have guessed, a museum of Caribbean rums. Located in Saint-Marie in Martinique, this museum is a part of the St. James distillery and features a collection of old distilling equipment as well as a tour of the rum-making process. And, of course, what rum tour would be complete without a tasting? Visit the museum and get a taste of the islands’ most popular spirit. 

    Museum Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call ahead to confirm hours and tour availability.

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    National Art Gallery of the Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas

    National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
    National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. © National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

    For an impressive collection of Bahamian art, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas is a must-see. Housed in the historic Villa Doyle, built in the 1860s and restored in the 1990s, the downtown Nassau museum’s upper floor contains permanent art displays, while the rest of the building is home to a public art library as well as meeting spaces for community and regional projects and art education workshops. 

    Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m to 4 p.m.; Sundays noon-4 p.m.

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    Bob Marley Museum, Kingston, Jamaica

    Bob Marley Museum, Kingston, Jamaica
    Bob Marley Museum, Kingston, Jamaica. By dubdemsoundsystem/CC by 2.0

     Explore the history of good vibes and good music at the Bob Marley Museum in the reggae legend’s home in Kingston, Jamaica. Museum tour includes a guided history of the life of Marley and his impact on music history. Discover Brother Bob’s home as it was when he lived there, and get educated on the history of reggae in the islands, and its rise to the international music scene. 

    Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Tour Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes 

    For more information, including advanced tour booking and fees, visit: http://www.bobmarleymuseum.com/

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    The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, St. John’s, Antigua

    Museum of Antigua and Barbuda
    Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. By David Stanley/CC by 2.0

    Housed in the colonial Court House in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is home to countless incredible archaeological finds, ranging from indigenous Arawak artifacts to historic items from the colonial era. The Court House, built in 1747, is the oldest still in use in Antigua and Barbuda, and is located at the site of the first city market. Exhibits also include information on Arawak culture, sugar plantations, island history, the history of cricket, and more. 

    Museum Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    For more information, including fees and special exhibits, visit: http://www.antiguamuseums.net.

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    National Archaeological Museum, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Archaeological Museum of Aruba
    Archaeological Museum of Aruba. By Edward M. Erasmus/CC by SA 3.0

    Opened in 1981, the National Archaeological Museum in Oranjestad, Aruba includes collections of artifacts from 2500BCE to the 19th century. On site at the museum is the “Ecury Complex,” a collection of Dutch colonial homes from the late 19th and 20th century, open to the public. The National Archaeological Museum includes rotating and permanent exhibits examining pre-historical and early-historical cultures in the islands, as well as art, tools, and other artifacts from the Oranjestad area throughout Aruba’s extensive pre-colonial, colonial, and modern history. 

    Museum Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10AM-5PM; Saturday through Sunday 10AM-2AM

    For more information, including fees, workshops, and exhibits, visit: http://namaruba.org/