Freeport Museums and Art Galleries
(Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas)
There may not be a museum on Grand Bahama as such, but the island is home to plenty of impressive artists and Freeport boasts a handful of well-established art galleries that showcase their work.
Both the International Bazaar and the Port Lucaya Marketplace can get you started on the Bahamian art scene with their galleries. At the International Bazaar, the Freeport Perfume Factory is a museum-type attraction that offers an insight into the world of perfume manufacturing.
Leo's Art Gallery
Address: Port Lucaya Marketplace, Seahorse Drive, Freeport, Bahamas, BS
Tel: +1 242 373 1758
The owner / artist of this small but lively gallery is Leo. He uses the space as both studio and showroom, which adds to the artistic vibe of this shop. With an emphasis on religious iconography and exotic wildlife, there's a distinctive Caribbean edge to his work. Expect some brightly coloured canvasses with symbolic meanings.
Open hours: daily - 9:30 to 17:30
Address: International Bazaar, Freeport, Bahamas, BS
Tel: +1 242 352 9391
Housed in its replica of a 19th-century Bahamian mansion, the elegant Perfume Factory provides an interesting look into the perfume industry of the Bahamas
. The Fragrance of the Bahamas perfume company is based here, and visitors can tour the mixology laboratory and snag a free sample along the way. A novel aspect of the factory is that you get the chance to blend your own perfume, using their 35 different scents.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:30 to 17:00; Saturday 11:00 to 15:00
Address: International Bazaar, West Sunrise Highway, Freeport, Bahamas, BS
Tel: +1 242 352 7564
For a truly special souvenir from the Bahamas, consider an original painting or sculpture from one of the island's top artists. The Flovin Gallery sells some really good art works, created by locals using Bahamian motifs and Caribbean themes. Best of all, the gallery sells an assortment of colourful prints, suiting those who don't want to splash out for an original painting.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:30 to 17:30