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Arlington House Museum

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Hidden Gem of a museum!

The Arlington House dates back to the early 18th century and has really wonderful interactive displays on all 3 floors. A large floor map of 1747 Barbados is quite interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Arlington House dates back to the early 18th century and has really wonderful interactive displays on all 3 floors. A large floor map of 1747 Barbados is quite interesting. There are also exhibits on Speightstown's glory days when it was an important port. We were blown away at how modern technology is used to show the past...go inside and... More 

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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arlington House is home to three floors of history and well worth a visit to hear and see the history of Barbados. You start on the ground floor listening on small phone handles, to local business people telling us about their trades. You're then guided up the stairs to the next floor which has replica sugar cane around the room,... More 

York, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I would recommend this museum if you are interested in Barbados history. There is not much to see, but it is interesting to go inside one of the original houses in Speightstown and learn the history of the town. There is a lot of interactive displays and you can learn all about the sugar cane plantations, geology and history of... More 

Thank Harrietted W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The museum is quite small but the exhibits are in 4 rooms on 3 levels. The first floor has panels with a few early pictures of Speightstown and then there are videos of interviews of people telling us about life in the early days. The 2nd floor has a huge early map of Barbados (no date but it could have... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

The staff were very friendly and helpful (especially in finding Island Plates .. see other review) the Museum is a mixture of artefacts, audio visual history using old film and other sources. It is very interactive and would appeal to all ages. Children can "steer" a ships wheel around the ocean to visit other nearby islands. It also has great... More 

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Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

Very impressed with the exhibits and historical content - well planned and laid out. And beautiful building. Very enjoyable visit.

Thank annie202020
Basingstoke, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Not at all what we expected. A three-storey, interactive experience, exploring the history of the local plantations, sugar, rum and slavery. Very well done, it really brings home to you the inhumanity of the slave "culture". One of the exhibits is a set of scales on which you weigh yourself, and they then give you your value as sugar cane... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

If you can drag yourself away from the beach in Barbados this is a nice place to explore. very informative interactive and I'm sure much more to see than we managed on our very short visit to Speightstown. We popped in during a full day tour of the island and only managed to see the free displays and videos on... More 

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Quorn, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

If you have an hour or so this is a very well worth a visit. The museum is exceptionally informative and very well presented

Thank Ray G
Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Very nice and informative museum. It's a great rainy day activity but worth even if it’s nice out (everybody can use a break from the sun and heat once in a while, especially if you can learn a bit about the history of this wonderful island in the meantime). Speightstown itself is very charming, so I would recommend heading this... More 

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