National Heroes Gallery and Museum of Parliament
Trafalgar Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael
Open Mon and Wed - Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closed Tues.
“Fun and fascinating for all ages”.
The clever use of interactive audio and video along with the exceptional high-quality exhibits make a visit to the Museum of Parliament and the National Heroes Gallery fun for all ages. The Museum of Parliament traces the development of democracy in Barbados since 1629 until present times and the role that the island’s people have played in this growth. This information is housed in the historic West Wing of Parliament, which offers a combination of traditional exhibits, artistic impression and modern interactive museum experience.
The interactive screens strategically positioned give clear explanations to the dramatic, evocative sculptures created by Barbadian and Caribbean artists. The heroes are cleverly depicted by extraordinary icons. These icons, no doubt, give imaginative expression to the qualities, contribution and circumstances of the life of each hero.
This small, state-of-the-art museum is located in the West Wing of the stunning Neo-Gothic Parliament Buildings, which were built entirely of hand-cut and carved local coral limestone in the 1870s.
The enthusiastic staff who run the museum also include guided tours of the hallowed chambers of the Senate and Parliament (once not in session). There is a series of intricate stained glass windows depicting the ruling monarchs from the time of Barbados’ settlement in 1627 to 1870. A beautiful young Queen Victoria stands out over the speaker’s chair and interestingly Oliver Cromwell is also included in the lineup. Treasure the memories of your visit. Discover the history that has laid the foundation for the Barbados that we are so proud of today.