As leaders in the revitalization of West Hill Street we have transformed the Sisters of Charity convent, its chapel and the former Mountbatten home into an area where visitors are able to explore the culture and history of The Bahamas.
The Heritage Museum of The Bahamas
The Heritage Museum of The Bahamas opened in July 2014 and is the foundation of Graycliff’s new Heritage Village. Located in the historically preserved Mountbatten House opposite the Graycliff Hotel on West Hill Street, the museum offers visitors an in depth look at the history and heritage of The Bahamas, ranging from the pre-historic times to the present.
The majority of pieces in the exhibition are owned by Hamilton White, a well-known British antiques collector. Mr. White’s expansive collection greatly complements the history of West Hill Street with fossils, relics and treasures spanning the centuries, the oldest of artefacts being a slice of a meteorite, which is approximately 4.5 billion years old. The timeline explores natural history, the days of Columbus, the piracy era, slavery and plantation life, the Maritimes of the 18th century, life in the Out Islands during the early 1900’s, the days of the Duke of Windsor, the Royal Air Force, Bahamas Speed Weeks, and so much more.
The Heritage Museum is a great venue for history and culture buffs and is currently open daily from 9am to 5pm; except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Heritage Village Artists’ Studios
Guests meet and interact with some of the Bahamas’ most talented local artisans at the Graycliff Heritage Village Artists Studios.
These independently operated studios highlight a variety of mediums from jewelry, paintings and photography to pottery, shell-carvings and even straw-made sneakers. In addition to the works in progress, one-of-a-kind and first editions of locally created art pieces are available for purchase. Everything is designed and produced in The Bahamas. Opening hours vary at the individual artists’ discretion.