History Gallery

 The history of Trinidad and Tobago is a dynamic, deeply interwoven series of political, economic and social events and circumstances that inform the culture and way of life of the country. To unpick these events into simple, single snapshots of occurrences is no easy task, but the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago attempts this very feat within its history galleries. The history galleries of the National Museum and Art Gallery are the principal offerings for the general public. They bring to life a rich and diverse cultural history of the nation, and offer to the visitor a context in which to analyse and enjoy Trinidad and Tobago. These galleries serve as an adjunct teaching tool the schools of the nation and provide a visual and tangible method of imparting important and necessary knowledge. The history of Trinidad and Tobago is stored in exhibits that are spaced throughout the museum, both upstairs and downstairs the building, a space that is as eclectic as it is quaint and charming. A visitor can expect to be captivated and entertained by exhibits that depict some of the earliest as well as some the most relevant moments of Trinidad and Tobago’s history. The galleries trace the history of Trinidad and Tobago beginning with the pre-colonial era and the story of the indigenous population - the Amerindians - and culminating with the Independence era, touching on sports, carnival and the economies of cocoa, sugar and oil. The museum’s exhibits feature objects and photographs from its vast collections with nearly 2000 objects on display, and this only a fraction of its collection. It is our fervent hope that a visitor to these galleries can have a truly immersive experience and live these moments of Trinidad and Tobago’s history as if they were there.