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Museums, Historic Homes/Mansions, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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Now a museum, this 18th-century plantation house (also known as Bush Hill House) was the base for George Washington and his sick half brother Lawrence (who had tuberculosis) for two months in 1751. The Washington brothers traveled to the island hoping the tropical climate of Barbados could cure him. This trip would be the only overseas voyage the future president would ever take.

Recent travelers found the museum and the tour quite informative and recommended a visit. Exhibits feature artifacts from the 18th century, secret tunnels discovered under the house and a 15-minute film about Washington's time on Barbados. Many reviewers also praised the on-site cafe.

The museum, which is located less than 2 miles from Bridgetown, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Access to the house costs $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. Separate tickets are required to access the tunnels; to save some money, consider buying a combo ticket, which costs $15 for adults and $7.50 for kids. For more information, visit the house's official website.

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