The Dominica Museum

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The Dominica Museum

The Dominica Museum is the national museum of Dominica, an island nation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. It is located in the capital, Roseau, on a quay in front of the Old Market of Roseau, which was the centre for slave trading during colonial times.[1] Its building was formerly an old market building and a post office dating to 1810.[2][3][4]


Dominica's most notable historian, Lennox Honychurch, has been responsible for much of the museum.[4] The Dominica Museum contains general items related to the cultural and social history and geology and archeology of Dominica.[5] These include old photographs, photographs and portraits of past rulers, colonial furniture, including a chair and old cabinet and a barometer, specimens of birds and fishes, colonial agricultural items and indigenous cultural articles including the Pwi pwi, a miniature form of raft, a replica of a Carib hut and Arawak pottery and tools.[6][7][3] Of note are some stone axes, some of them reaching 9 inches in length.[8] The museums also contains displays related to the Volcanology of the island, and artifacts related to the early settlers also include oars, domestic implements, wooden figurines and old musical instruments.[7]


  1. ^ Gravette, Andrew Gerald (2000). Architectural heritage of the Caribbean: an A-Z of historic buildings. Signal Books. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-902669-09-0. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  2. ^ Golden, Fran Wenograd; Brown, Jerry (19 November 2004). Cruise Vacations for Dummies 2005. For Dummies. p. 282. ISBN 978-0-7645-6941-8. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  3. ^ a b Sullivan, Lynne M. (1 March 1999). Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica & St. Lucia. Hunter Publishing, Inc. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-55650-857-8. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  4. ^ a b Lakeside Publishing Co. (2008). Cruise Travel. Lakeside Publishing Co. p. 10. ISSN 0199-5111. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Dominica Museum". Visit Dominica. Archived from the original on 19 September 2003. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  6. ^ Great Britain. Colonial Office (1962). The Colonial Office list. H.M.S.O. p. 185. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  7. ^ a b Dominica Museum. Dominica Island info. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  8. ^ Thirty-Fourth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 1922. Retrieved 25 June 2011.

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Coordinates: 15°17′47″N 61°23′15″W / 15.29639°N 61.38750°W / 15.29639; -61.38750