MUSEUMS

The diversity of the Guyanese heritage is nowhere more dramatically represented than in the museums across the country. Artefacts from the early years across cultural line and boundaries are found therein; from the Dutch bottles, to the coal pot stove to the kerosene lanterns, it is the history lovers’ paradise so be sure to visit when next in Guyana.

The Guyana National Museum

Guyana National Museum3The Guyana National Museum is located on North Road in a building complex which opened in 1951. The Museum’s collections were housed previously in the Carnegie Building. The Guyana National Museum in Georgetown has a collection of flora and fauna, precious stones found in our land formation, archaeological findings, and examples of Amerindian arts and crafts. This museum is the largest and house most of our general artifacts.
Address: Company Path, Georgetown (opposite the Hibiscus Plaza and the Guyana Post Office
Tele: (592) 225 7191,
Email : guyananationalmuseum@gmail.com
Opening Hours: from Monday to Friday -9:00hrs to 16:00hrs, on Saturday from 9:00hrs- 14:00hrs.
Admission: Free

N.B. Persons who wish to donate to the Museum can do so via the box found at the entrance to the Museum

Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology

Walter Roth- R ThomasThe Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, the first museum of anthropology in the English-speaking Caribbean was founded in the year 1974 with the collections of Guyanese Archaeologist, Dr. Denis Williams.

An ethnographic collection of the Wai Wai, one of the nine indigenous tribes found in Guyana, was presented to this Museum in 1991 by Guyanese Cultural Anthropologist, Dr. George P. Mentore. The Museum’s collections also include excavated artifacts from all of the ten Administrative Regions of Guyana.
Address: 61 Main Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown
Tele: (592) 225 8486

Opening Hours: Mon to Thursday 8:00hrs to 16:30hrs and on Friday 8:00hrs- 15:30hrs

Admission: Free
Donation box is available for those wish to make a contribution to the work of the Museum. Publications and other tokens are also available for sale

Castellani House: the home of the National Gallery of Art

castellani house 4This large wooden building was designed by Cesar Castellani. It was once the residence of the Director of Agriculture in 1888. In 1965 the building was converted as the official residence by Mr. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, then Prime Minister of British Guiana. In 1993 the inaugural collection of the Art Gallery was held.

Address: Vlissengen Road & Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown
Tele: (592) 225 0579, 225 6638
Fax: (592) 225 5078
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs, Saturday 14:00hrs- 18:00hrs
Admission: Free

Donation box is available for those wish to make a contribution to the work of the Museum. Publications and other tokens are also available for sale

The Museum of African Heritage

museum of african heritageFounded in 1985, this museum was originally called The Museum of African Art and Ethnology. However in 2001, it was renamed the Museum of African Heritage, in order to open their doors to a wider audience and begin to fully address the African experience in Guyana.
The existing collection includes items on African Art, mostly West African, from the wooden mask to the carved door of secret societies, helping to educate people about the meaning and reasons behind African art traditions. The museum also boasts more practical pieces like the brass weights used for measuring gold dust, drums, musical instruments, games and clothing within its vast collection.
The most recent donation included a wooden replica of the 1763 Monument.
Address: 13 Barima Avenue, Bel Air Park ( between KFC and Pizza Hut
Tele: (592) 226-5519
Opening Hours: Mondays to Thursday- 8:00hrs to 16:30hrs and on Fridays 8:00hrs- 15:30hrs
Admission: Free

John Campbell Police Museum

Uniforms, musical instruments, photographs and other police artifacts dating back to colonial times are on display.
Address: Headquarters of Guyana Police , Eve Leary Compound, Georgetown, Guyana
Tele: (592) 227 6472, 225 3017
Opening Hours: Mondays to Fridays- 08:00- 12:00hrs and 13:00hrs to 16:00hrs
Admission: Free

The Rupununi Weavers Society Museum at Lethem

The Rupununi Weavers Society is also associated with the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology in Georgetown. This association is designed to promote and enhance awareness of Guyanese indigenous cultures. To this end the society maintains a museum within its compound on the outskirts of Lethem. The museum houses Amerindian artefacts and antiquities, as well as archival materials and other intellectual resources
Address: Lethem, Guyana
Tel: (592) 772 2133
Contact: Ms Joan Baretto or Ms. Shirley Melville
Opening Hours: Monday to Fridays -9:00hrs 12:00hrs and 13:00hrs to 16:00hrs and on Saturdays 09:00hrs to 12:00hrs
Admission: Free

The Guyana Heritage Museum

Irons, enamel lunch carriers, ice-shavers, three-legged iron pots, 18th and 19th century maps, coins and stamps, other artifacts and an impressive collection of books by Guyanese authors awaken a sense of nostalgia. It was obvious that the collection of these artifacts at the Guyana Heritage Museum, situated at Kastev, West Coast Demerara was as a result of love for one’s country, dedication and hard work over a number of years.
Address: 17 Kastev, Meten Meer Zorg
Tele: (592) 275 0028, 275 0331
Opening Hours: 07:00hrs-17:00hrs daily
Admission: GY$500.00 Adults and GY$300.00 for children under the age of 14.

The Philatelic Museum

A branch of the Guyana Post Office was established in 1860 and was closed in 1962 when the Post Office Training School was opened. The building is located on Lamaha and Carmichael Street, Cummingsburg, currently houses an Internet Cafe and Post Office operated by the Guyana Post Office Corporation.
Address: Robb and Savage Streets, Robbstown Georgetown,
Tele: (592) 225 -0212
Fax: (592 225 -0211
Opening Hours: Monday to Fridays 07:00hrs- 16:00hrs
On Saturday open from 07:00hrs – 11:00hrs
Email: annwood975@gmail.com
Admission: Free