Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation, New Providence
Bay St, New Providence
AVERAGE USER RATING
Contact: +1 242 326 2568
Open Hours: Su to We from 09:30 AM to 04:30 AM,Th from 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM,Fr from 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM,Sa from 09:30 AM to 03:30 PM
Two hundred years ago, Vendue House was the site of the local slave auctions. The house now serves as a museum of local ... More
Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation
Two hundred years ago, Vendue House was the site of the local slave auctions. The house now serves as a museum of local history and culture, specifically of slave culture and the history of emancipation in the Bahamas. The museum is located in downtown Nassau, approximately a block from the British Colonial Hotel. It's best to call before making a special trip here as the hours of operation are short and subject to change.
I was saddened to see firsthand that the museum is no more. It was set on fire by a vandal seen running from the blaze that I believe occurred in December 2011. Conveniently, a construction building wrap was already up as of February with what is set to replace it: a tourist walk, cafe, shops, etc. Prime real estate is a tourist enclave.
When asked workers said that some of the stuff was lost and some saved. At least some of the items are said to have been removed to the Archives building in Nassau.
My family and I came upon the museum by accident. We were on a cruise and docked in Nassau. While we were walking around, we happened upon the museum. I am glad we did. My son is 6 and he was able to get a history lesson while on vacation. We purchased a brochure and now his teacher is using it as a teaching tool in class. I would love to go back and hopefully we will someday. Thanks for the experience!!!
Did you know that the US was only responsible for something like 4.7% of all slavery?
These are some of the facts you will pick up on at this museum that costs $3.00 to tour. It was a rather small museum, but had lots of interesting facts and artifacts in it. We wandered in as a way to get out of the rain, but we are so glad we did. The time and money spent was well worth it as the people were very friendly and the things to see and learn were amazing.
This was the first such collection of real information about slavery that I have ever seen put together. There are news clips, punishment tools (flogs)and incarceration tools (neck collars and hand cuffs etc), paintings depicting the voyage to the americas, manuscripts and many other items I have never seen in any museum I have ever visited around the world.
This is a must-see for all humans to see how horrible humanity can be when greed and power take over. I am a white person and am embarassed at what our ancestors did to our fellow men.
The museum is small and everything is well laid out. The museum staff are friendly and grateful that we took the time to visit this exhibit. You can go through it very quickly, but the message we learn is strong.
My family and I visited the Pompey Museum in December of 2006. I was a very enlightening expericence. The displays were well done.The staff as very friendly and helpful.
I cannot wait till they expand in the future.
I was saddened not to be able to take pictures or at least be able to by books or pictures of their items on display.
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