About the Museum
In partnership with The Bahamas, Allen Exploration is proud to present the opening of The Bahamas Maritime Museum, located in the heart of Freeport's vibrant Port Lucaya Marketplace. Come explore the rich history of the islands, its vast maritime tradition, amazing collection of recovered treasures and antiquities, and the people who helped form The Bahamas that we know today.
de las Maravillas
Experience recovered artifacts and history from one of the most famous shipwrecks in Bahamian history! The Nuestra Señora de las Maravillas means Our Lady of Wonders in Spanish and was named in honor of a 13th-century sculpture of the Virgin Mary housed in a Carmelite convent in Madrid. Constructed in 1639, the ship crossed the Atlantic headed towards South America. On it's return journey to Spain, it sank in the Bahama Banks in 1656.
What's the Story?
In the early morning hours of January 6, 1656 while navigating the Northern Bahamas, the Maravillas discovered that she was in increasingly shallow water. She fired a warning shot to alert the rest of the fleet and abruptly turned to the west. This maneuver caused the Capitana of the fleet to ram the Maravillas amidships. She sank very quickly with tremendous loss of life.
Allen Exploration proudly presents a comprehensive collection of Bahamian maritime history. Shipwrecks, recovered artifacts, the native lucayans, and conservation efforts just to start. Come join us!
Where to Find Us
Sea Horse Road
Port Lucaya Marketplace
We're Here to Help!
If you have questions about planning your trip to the Bahamas Maritime Museum, our exhibits, recovery or conservation efforts, please contact us anytime.