Roseau Museum
Roseau Museum
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This museum highlights the island's cultural and natural history.
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Amanda W
Oxford, England1,112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Small museum near the cruise terminal. Exhibitions are upstairs. Small entry fee, USD3 in March 2023. Worth a quick visit.
Written 25 July 2023
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I was pleasantly surprised with the interest I had in the displays in this museum. Located across the street from the cruise ship port, the museum, located on the second floor of the old post office building, consists of 3 small rooms that are packed with information about the island from its geological times to Victorian times. The display included a Carib dugout canoe and baskets used for fishing, a Carib grass hut, a small display showing Blacks on a slave ship, a surveyor's map showing how the British had divided up the island, pictures of colonial life, and Victorian household articles. All displays had labels and explanations. Entrance fee was $3US. AC conditioned rooms made the 30 minute visit so much better.

I liked the displays showing pre-European living conditions like the fishing display with its baskets, photos, and explanations of how fish were caught in the shallow shoreline. This display had a Carib dugout canoe on the floor for visitors to examine along with pictorial and typed explanations of how the Caribs made them from certain trees and the stone tools they used. I wondered if the early Caribs had used canoes like this to navigate to connecting islands as well as for fishing. Seeing the grass hut, I was amazed at how ingenious the simple looking construction actually was using materials at hand.

The displays surrounding the colonial period showed the cultural changes the Europeans brought. The slave trade and its industry was de-emphasized. I was particularly interested in the surveyor's map showing how the island was divided into lots with the explanation that the British took/bought the best parcels of land. It wasn't clear if the Caribs had to buy their lots too, usually the poorer lots located up on a mountainside. Other displays showed how Europeans brought cultural changes to the island – clothing styles, communication devices, household articles like irons and sewing machines. There was a nod to the island’s novelist Jean Rhys. Since the museum has limited space, there were topics not addressed.
Written 1 February 2023
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William S
Kobe, Japan1,426 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The Rosseau Museum is on the second floor with a nice view onto the harbour. The cost is just a few USD to enter and you might spend an hour, at most, reading the labels and viewing the exhibits. There’s a lot of the history of Dominica including the very early settlers (Kalinago) along with some relics from that era and later. There’s not so much to do in Rosseau which makes the museum even more vital for those interested in the country.
Written 4 June 2022
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Neil F
Bath, UK50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
A small museum on the waterfront, giving a concise overview of the history of Dominica. Worth a look as an introduction to the country.
Written 27 March 2022
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Reslysten54
Vienna, VA2,470 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The museum ok so small and obviously resource-constrained. But I was welcomed more warmly than usually in a museum, or in any not-for-profit institution.

Different sections deal with geology, anthropology, marine biology, slavery, colonialism, and politics into modern times. You also learn about the devastation of hurricanes.

There is frequent use of photos or other illustrations, making the displays easily digestible. The succinct texts, all in English, contribute to that impression.
Written 5 February 2020
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JMGeneva
Geneva, Switzerland1,943 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
This tiny museum obviously lacks the resources to present start of the art exhibitions but given the context it is not bad and pretty instructive despite its unorganized thematics. The visit is short and the fees are low so it is certainly worth supporting.
Written 25 November 2019
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Leila_70
N Ireland56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We called into this little museum but found even the main entrance with the free exhibition space held so much information about the damage to the Island that we ran out of time to do the actual museum itself especially as we spent so long talking to the wonderful, friendly staff. I hope to go back one day. Please support them.
Written 13 February 2019
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silverbrook
London, Canada4,773 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
The Roseau or Dominica Museum is a little museum that is very easy to find. It is located right across the street from the cruise ship port on the second floor of the information centre. The museum is just a few bucks admission and is full of information about the history of the island and its people. It is not your typical museum since this one has no air conditioning or humidity control, but it is nice to see that they are trying to preserve this information and share it with visitors.
Written 1 January 2019
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David
Florida3,446 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
A small museum detailing Dominica from precolombian days, through colonialism, slavery, freedom to today. An easy walk. Gives a good idea of "The Nature Island". Rebuilt.
Written 12 September 2018
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Charlotte B
Barbados39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Was the only person there, and the caretaker really knew nothing. Tried to engage him in conversation but i think he was literally there to open the door. The place is in need of some major renovation. The displays look terrible, and the place is full of mosquitos. With a bit of basic imagination this place could be so much better than it is. There is no gift shop and nothing to really make you want to spend time there. Not worth going to right now at all.
Written 19 February 2018
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