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Originally known as Fort San Andrés it was constructed by the Spanish to protect the Port-of Spain harbour as early as 1757. When the British took over in 1797, the fort was placed into abandonment, however, it should be noted that it was moved from its original location due to land reclamation and thus was reconstructed more inland in 1785. Needless to say, a new building was built on the foundations of the old fort which housed the Commercial Newsroom, and later the harbour-master's office.
The building was later used to accommodate various government offices, but when the Police Service Traffic Branch vacated the building in 1995 the decision was made to restore the building to its 1845 appearance and convert it to the Museum of the City of Port of Spain.
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The Museum of the City of Port of Spain was established in c.1995. Its collection orients itself around describing and preserving the history and development of the Capital City of Trinidad and Tobago. The consolidated exhibition at the museum entitled, “The Story of Port of Spain” is a historical insight into the Capital. The Museum is located Fort San Andrés, South Quay, Port-of-Spain opposite the bus terminus; City Gate.
Tuesday – Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Tel: (868) 623-5941/624-6477/623-0339
Fax: (868) 623-7116
The Museum of the City of Port of Spain
Fort San Andrés, South Quay, Port-of-Spain - opposite the bus terminus; City Gate.