BAHAMAS MARITIME MUSEUM
In partnership with The Bahamas, Allen Exploration is proud to present the opening of The Bahamas Maritime Museum, located in the heart of Freeport's vibrant Port Lucaya Marketplace. Come explore the rich history of the islands, its vast maritime tradition, amazing collection of recovered treasures and antiquities, and the people who helped form The Bahamas that we know today.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Opening on August 8, 2022, Allen Exploration’s Bahamas Maritime Museum in Freeport, Grand Bahama, tells the story of The Bahamas’s rich maritime legacy for the first time. Straddling 700 islands and cays, and flanked by the great Bahama Bank through which the world’s trade sailed, water has always defined The Bahamas’s history from Lucayan free-divers and the horrors of the slave trade to Spanish treasure fleets and as the pirate capital of the Americas.
The Bahamas Maritime Museum explores these themes, set around The Bahamas’ sunken crown jewel: remains of the shipwrecked Spanish galleon the Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders), lost off the northern islands on January 4, 1656.
Sponsored by Carl and Gigi Allen, the Bahamas Maritime Museum is situated in Freeport, Grand Bahama, at Sea Horse Road, 12 Port Lucaya Marketplace #2. It covers some 370 square meters on the main floor and 170 square meters upstairs in a classroom setup. The space includes an extensive library, plus presentation room and conservation laboratory for the Maravillas shipwreck project.
The Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas (Our Lady of Wonders), was lost off the northern islands on January 4, 1656. For over 360 years, much of it's history, artifacts, and treasures have remained submerged in the waters of the northern Bahamas. Follow Carl Allen and the Allen Exploration team as they search for, recover, and catalog these priceless pieces of history.