Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pompey Museum - Vendue House

The Pompey Museum, dedicated to the study and interpretation of Slavery, is the only museum of its kind in the region. It is housed in the historic Vendue House, the original Nassau marketplace from which slaves were among the commodities sold in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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 gallery has photographs, artifacts and replicas depicting the history of slavery and emancipation in The Bahamas.

A second story was added in about 1913 when the building was taken over by the Telephone, Telegraph and Electricity Corporation.

The museum also has a gift shop on the ground floor, where authentic Bahamian and unique international craft can be purchased.

The museum is located in downtown Nassau, approximately a block from the British Colonial Hotel. Admission costs US$1 for adults and half that for children.

Top photo by Derek Catalano