This very interesting museum is located on Bay Street near the British Colonial Hotel in Nassau. It is a short walk from the harbor and water taxis. It is a permanent exhibit which illustrates the history of slavery, abolition and emancipation in the Bahamas. It's collection of artifacts is scant, however it has a very good collection of articles and photos which document the history of slavery in the Bahamas.
There is no tour or guide for the museum, as you are left to examine the exhibits at your own leisure. The museum is extremely informative and the articles and exhibits are presented in a very well organized, interesting and clear fashion.
The museum is actually located in a place called Vendue (derived from the french word meaning sold) House which served as the Bahamian locale for the slave auctions of the Eighteenth Century. The exhibit includes articles and reproductions of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century letters which document the slave trade, daily slave conditions, the abolition movement, the Emancipation Act of August 1,1834 and the post emancipation era in the Bahamas.
In summary, the museum is very informative, inexpensive and convenient as you can set your own pace without the presence of a formal tour guide. It is open Monday through Friday 10:00am-4:30pm and Saturday 10:00am- 1:00pm. Telephone: (242) 326-2568 or (242) 326- 2566.
Article written by: Henry J. Kroeger III
Many thanks to Henry for his contribution to the Guide
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