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Museums

Museums

A visit to the Falkland Islands Museum is a great way to discover the heritage and development of the Falkland Islands community. The museum occupies two buildings, Britannia House on Holdfast Road and Cartmell Cottage on Pioneer Row.

Britannia House contains the majority of exhibits with displays covering the social and natural history of the Falklands. Shipwreck artefacts, models and paintings tell the story of the maritime past. Step back in time in the Victorian kitchen and the fully-equipped 1930s community store. Find out how people worked, travelled and socialised in the days when farming was the mainstay of the economy. Learn about the part the Islands played in both World Wars and how life was affected by the 1982 Conflict. The natural history room houses a range of items from fossils and rock samples to authentic mounted bird species, carefully crafted by the resident taxidermist. Outside is the Reclus Hut, moved from the Antarctic Peninsula and reconstructed in the Museum grounds. The hut brings to life the experience of early explorers in remote parts of the World. Also outside is one of the Museum’s recently acquired exhibits, a restored Argentine Panhard armoured vehicle.

Cartmell Cottage is one of the original colonists’ cottages from 1849, brought in kit form from Britain for the military pensioners who came to settle in the islands. It is now a recreated period house showing life as it was in the 1850s, 1940s and 1970s. Outside are a hen-house, toilet, workshop and vegetable garden.

Visitors with more time on their hands may also be interested in visiting the Cape Pembroke Lighthouse. Situated at the most easterly point of the Falklands, it is 7 miles east of Stanley and makes an excellent half or whole day walk; it can also be reached by vehicle along a, sometimes muddy, track. The key to the lighthouse is available from the museum for a small charge, enabling visitors to climb the spiral stairs for great views of the surroundings.

Winter hours:
Weekdays 9.30 am – 12.00 noon and 1.30 – 4.00 pm
Weekend 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Summer hours:
Weekdays 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Weekend 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Read more about the Stanley museum on http://www.falklands-museum.com/

Smaller museums are located in some Camp settlements. North Arm has a fascinating museum of agriculture and Islands life. San Carlos museum has items from the 1982 war alongside an interesting display of the work carried out by Falklands Conservation. Port Howard museum also has an excellent collection of 1982 artefacts. Ask in the settlements for details of how to access these museums.

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