Parliament Buildings Museum & Heroes Gallery

The PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS of Barbados house the third oldest Parliament in the Commonwealth after Britain and Bermuda. It was founded in 1639 and the present buildings were completed in 1873.

The WEST WING Building was completed in 1872 and has two stained glass windows on the main stairways featuring a biblical quote from Matthew 22:21… "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's".

This wing also houses a National Heroes Gallery as well as a Museum of Parliament.

To celebrate Barbados’ 40th anniversary of Independence, the West Wing of Parliament was refurbished in November 2006.

The EAST WING
Building was completed in 1873 and features stained glass windows depicting Kings and Queens of old England, as well as the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell in the House of Assembly Chamber.  

The smaller Senate Chamber features large framed photos of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to name a few. Past Presidents of the Council and past Speakers of the House of Assembly are also shown in the east wing building. 

The Speakers chair intricately-carved was an Independence gift from India. 

A statue of Sir William Conrad Reeves greets you at the entrance of the building. He was awarded Knight-hood and position of Chief Justice from 1886-1902, for his proposals on increased educational opportunities and the lowering of the voting age.

The Clock Tower was originally located on the east wing, but within ten years of its construction, began to sink and crack and had to be demolished in 1884. During the rebuilding process, the actual clock was stored at Glendairy Prison, and both the redesigned clock tower and reassembled clock was shifted to the west wing in 1880.

The clock was manufactured and designed by John Moore & Sons of Great Britain in the 1870s. During Tropical Storm Tomas in 2010, the clock was damaged and later refurbished by British clockmaker Andrew Hinks and his colleague Brian Perry of the Smith of Derby Group, England.

The Parliament buildings are not open to the public while Parliament is in session.

The Barbados MUSEUM OF PARLIAMENT and the NATIONAL HEROES GALLERY
This exhibition tells the story of great achievements through use of interactive high quality audio and video exhibits.

The Museum of Parliament can be found in the West Wing of the Barbados Parliament Buildings.

OPEN: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat - 9am until 4pm
ADMISSION: BDS $10.00 / US $5.00
(Persons with disabilities pay half price)

Free Access to:
- Pupils in uniform with teachers
- Barbadian Students with ID (UWI, BCC, SJPP)
- Foreign students with the Institution Identification 
- Children ages 3 and under are admitted free.
(Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older at all times)

The Barbados Museum of Parliament Guided Tours are conducted subject to availability. (Tickets may be purchased at reception
 
Persons can attend debates. (Attendance is subject to the approval of the Clerk of Parliament and the Speaker of the House)

Group Tours: (provided upon advance request only)
Bookings by schools should be done at least two weeks in advance and tour companies, 48  hours.
However, late bookings may be approved at the discretion of the Facilities Coordinator.
(A max. of 25 and a min. of 5 persons are considered a group

NOTE: (Visiting Policies)
- Persons can tour the buildings and see the Clock Tower.
- Visitors are required to wear a shirt and shoes at all times while in the building.
- No beachwear is allowed.
- Absolutely NO parking is allowed in the Parliament courtyard. 
- Groups arriving by tour buses can be dropped off and picked up at the South gate. 
- Due to Copyright issues and other regulations, visitors are not allowed to take any photographs in the galleries.
- No pets are allowed in the building. 
- No Firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind are permitted on the premises. 
- No Smoking is allowed on the premises. 
- Food, beverages, and chewing gum are not allowed in the galleries.
- Visitors are asked to place cell phones on silent mode or turn them off while in the galleries. 
- Visitors are not allowed to touch the artwork or display cases, stand or sit on platforms, or get too close to the art. As you move throughout the galleries please be careful not to damage walls or platforms with strollers, wheelchairs and walkers. 

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The Barbados Parliament Buildings Museum & Heroes Gallery

A Day of Events to Commemorate the 375th Anniversary of Parliament in Barbados was held on February 28th 2014 in Historic Bridgetown
 



Weekly Events

Monday The Barbados Museum of Parliament Guided Tours are conducted from 9am - 4pm
Wednesday The Barbados Museum of Parliament Guided Tours are conducted from 9am - 4pm
Thursday The Barbados Museum of Parliament Guided Tours are conducted from 9am - 4pm
Friday The Barbados Museum of Parliament Guided Tours are conducted from 9am - 4pm
Saturday The Barbados Museum of Parliament Guided Tours are conducted from 9am - 4pm

Directions

Located on Upper Broad Street (South-end)
Opposite Heroes Square/Trafalfar Square/Lord Nelson Statue


Contact Info
Parliament Buildings Museum & Heroes Gallery
Broad Street
Bridgetown
St Michael
Tel: (246) 310 5400 or 310 5401

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