Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

#9 in Best Things To Do in Antigua
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Long Street, St John's

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Museums Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.2

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Small, but packed with information, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda takes a look at the history of the islands, with exhibits displaying everything from pottery to pre-Colombian and historical artifacts. Located in the former St. John's Courthouse, which was built in 1750 and is believed to be the oldest building in town, the museum is described by recent travelers as informative and worth a visit. On the main floor, exhibits include information on the geological formation of the islands, the Amerindian peoples and cultures who inhabited the island prior to European settlement and recent Antiguan cultural practices. Upstairs in the library, visitors will see faunal remains, metal objects, texts, maps and photographs.

The museum, located in St. John Parish, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is a small admission fee. There is also a small gift shop with locally made crafts. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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