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Balcony House Museum
An 18th century restored house. The furnishings and design of Balcony House recapture the elegance and glory of a bygone era.This landmark is perhaps the oldest wooden house of its kind in The Bahamas. It was restored to its original state in 1985.

Pompey Museum Nassau Bahamas
Built sometime before 1796 and named for the slave, Pompey, who lived at Steventon on Exuma Island; functioned as a marketplace until the late 1800's; "Vendue" is French for sold.

Bahamas Historical Society Museum
This institution traces the history of The Bahamas from pre-Columbus to the present. Some of the displays include an Amerindian-style dugout canoe and various artifacts of the Loyalist era, late 19th century and early 20th century.

Junkanoo Expo
The museum, the first of its kind in The Bahamas, showcases large, colorful, intricately designed artistic creations from the junkanoo parades held on the early mornings of December 26 and New Year's Day. A gift shop sells junkanoo souvenirs, including artwork, posters and music.

Lyford Cay Gallery
Opened in the 1960s, this museum showcases works of art from around the globe in an intimate setting. The collection features paintings, sculptures, hand-blown glass and decorative art, primarily from the last century.

Nassau Public Library & Museum
The Nassau Public Library and Museum building dates to the late 1790s when it was constructed as a jail. The octagonal design provided for eight individual cells on each of the first two floors, with each cell having the luxury of a window which allowed for cross-ventilation. Converted in 1873 to the first library on New Providence, the cells are now lined with an extensive collection of colonial documents and historic prints in addition to modern-day bestsellers.

National Art Gallery of The Bahamas
The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas is an art gallery in Nassau, The Bahamas. The gallery is housed in the restored 1860s Villa Doyle. It concentrates on Bahamian artists, but there are other artworks, including Winslow Homer landscapes. The collection includes ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and textiles, mainly from the late 20th century onwards. Artists include Amos Ferguson and Antonius Roberts.