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History & Culture

The history of Barbados is unique, and we Bajans (the familiar term for Barbadians) are at ease with our past and proud architects of our future.

Start your Caribbean cultural holiday here with some interesting facts about Barbados:

  • Our island was colonised by the English early in the 17th century
  • Before then, Barbados was inhabited by Carib and Arawak Native Americans
  • Transformed by the plantation system and slavery, we were the world's number one sugar producer by 1650
  • Barbados is the oldest continuing parliamentary democracy outside England
  • We achieved universal voting rights in 1943 and opted for full independence from the UK in 1966
  • Our cultural roots are in the plantation slavery economy, a unique blend of West African and European
  • We speak English with a distinct accent, spiced with words in West African-English pidgin called Bajan

Enrich your Barbados experience by visiting some of our amazing historical places, including Gun Hill Signal Station, George Washington House and our Parliament Buildings in historic Bridgetown. Take time to look back in time.

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Ancient Mikvah and Jewish Synagogue

Ancient Mikvah and Jewish Synagogue

A small but world-class museum where findings are ongoing. Visitors should expect to see a work in progress, a visit to the adjacent synagogue and museum is recommended.
St. Michael
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Andrew's Sugar Factory

Andrew's Sugar Factory

The largest working sugar factory on the island, Barbados is renowned for producing some of the highest quality sugar in the world.
St. Joseph
Archives Department

Archives Department

The Archives Department mission is to ensure organisation, efficiency and accountability by collecting, processing and preserving public and private records of Barbados.
St. Michael
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Arlington House Museum

Arlington House Museum

Arlington House is an educational and engaging three-story museum housed in a restored eighteenth century building.
St. Peter
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Barbados Arts Council Gallery

Barbados Arts Council Gallery

Created by the government, the Barbados Arts Council serves a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art.
St. Michael
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Barbados Concorde Experience

Barbados Concorde Experience

Concord won the hearts of many people around the world, come and discover the aircraft for yourself on Barbados’ very own British Airways Concorde G-BOAE.
Christ Church
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Barbados Museum & Historical Society

Barbados Museum & Historical Society

Housed in 19th century military prison buildings, the Barbados museum galleries reveal the islands rich history, culture and heritage.
St. Michael
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Black Art Studios

Black Art Studios

An eco-friendly studio set in a traditional Bajan village, is home to two local artists, who produces exquisite handmade, indigenous wood and stone carvings.
St. James
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Blackwoods Screw Dock

Blackwoods Screw Dock

A beautiful and unique historic site; the only remaining screw dock of its kind in the world featuring a historic Maritime Centre as well as Blackwood’s Tavern.
St. Michael
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Brocklands Gallery

Brocklands Gallery

Brocklands Studio Gallery sits on a breezy plateau high above and half a mile inland from Holetown on the west coast of Barbados, with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea.
St. James
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