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Bahamas Historical Society Museum
Elizabeth Avenue and Shirley Street, Nassau
Phone: 242-322-4231

This famous museum emphasizes both the collection and preservation of historic, anthropological and archaeological Bahamian artifacts with the ongoing exhibit "A Reservoir of History." Hours: Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. - Noon. Closed Sun. and holidays. Tours available. Admission: Adults $1.00; $0.50 children.

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Balcony House
Market Street
Phone: 242-302-2621

In the midst of bustling 20th century city, step back in time and discover an 18th century architectural gem. this historic landmark is the oldest wooden residential structure in Nassau; now fully restored as a museum. Hours:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday, Fiday and Saturdays 10:00am-4:30p.m. Thursdays 10:00am-1:30p.m. Market Street off Bay Street.

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Fort Fincastle

Built in 1793, the front of the fort is shaped like the bow of a ship and would have provided a good spot for a lookout to stand. Its cannons have never been fired in battle. Located on Elizabeth Avenue, you can reach this fort by way of the Queen’s Staircase a few blocks up from the harbour on East Street.

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Garden of Remembrance

A stone cenotaph honouring those killed in World War I and II is located in Parliament Square.

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Government House
Government Hill
Phone: 242.322.1875 242.322.1876

Located downtown on the corner of Blue Hill Rd and Duke Street. Since 1801 this has been the official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas, personal representative of the queen. a statue of Christopher Columbus stands at the front of this building, which was built in 1830 to commemorate his discovery of the New World.

Plan to see the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, which takes place every other Saturday, and watch the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band perform. Join the Governor-General’s wife at a Tea Party on the last Friday of every month, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time. Contact your hotel social director or our People-to-People coordinator at pwilliam@bahamas.com for reservations. Incidentally, you’ll find Government House on Blue Hill Road at one of Nassau’s highest points.

Plan to see the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, which takes place every other Saturday, and watch the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band perform. Join the Governor-General’s wife at a Tea Party on the last Friday of every month, but be sure to make reservations ahead of time. Contact your hotel social director or our People-to-People coordinator at pwilliam@bahamas.com for reservations. Incidentally, you’ll find Government House on Blue Hill Road at one of Nassau’s highest points.

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Nassau Public Library And Museum
Phone: 242.322.4907 242.328.5029

Built in 1797, this octagonal building was formerly the Nassau Goal (Old world spelling for "jail"). Visitors can have a look around at the small prison cells, which are now lined with books, or examine a collection of historic prints, old colonial documents, or Arawak artifacts. Located on Shirley Street between Bank Lane and Parliament Street. Admission Free. Hours 10:00am to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, 10am to 4:00pm on Saturdays.

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Parliament Square

To see an excellent example of Old Nassau, go by the flamingo-pink government buildings of Parliament Square. Constructed in 1815, these buildings are excellent examples of colonial architecture. The Houses of Assembly, the old Colonial Secretary’s Office and the Supreme Court are clustered around a statue of Queen Victoria. The buildings on the north side of the square face a bust of Sir Milo B. Butler, the first Governor-General of The Islands Of The Bahamas. Tours are available when the government is not in session. Parliament Square is located just across Bay Street from Rawson Square.

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Queen’s Staircase
Elizabeth Ave.

Queen’s Staircase: Nassau’s most visited attraction. Climb the 65 steps carved out of solid limestone by slaves in the late 18th century. This 102-foot staircase was named in honor of the 65 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Located on Elizabeth Ave., off Shirley St.

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The Changing of the Guards
Phone: 242-322-1875

The Changing of the Guards: The Changing of the Guards is a display of pomp and pageantry at Government House, residence of the Governor-General, representative of the Queen. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band performs 10 AM. Ceremonies scheduled on alternate Saturdays. Call for dates. Tel. 322-1875.

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The Water Tower
Phone: 242-326-9781

A panoramic view of New Providence Island coast to coast. This is the highest point on the island, 216 fett above sea level. Located near fort Fincastle, on Elizabeth Avenue.

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