Main Street Avenue
The prominent Main Street Avenue in Georgetown is a cultural relic of the city for many reasons. The 1909 built National Library, Bank of Guyana, the Walter Roth Museum, the Prime Minister’s House and War Memorial stand on this street. It was also the venue for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in June 1953, and still remains the main path for any parade and national celebration. While one side of the avenue is dotted with distinguished addresses, the other has a vibrant atmosphere with many restaurants, nightlife spots, and local vendors selling their art. The Main Street Avenue is a vivid representation of Guyana’s past and present.
Timings: 8am-5pm (Mon-Sat); Entry Fee: Free
National Art Gallery
The 19th century relic in the heart of Georgetown was once known as Castellani
House, named after the designer of this impressive building. Ceaser Castellani was
one of the most talented architects in British Guiana in the mid-1800s. This was
originally designed as a residence for the government botanist, George Samuel
Jenman, but later became the Official Residence for Prime Minister Forbes Burnham.
It reopened in 1993 as the National Gallery with more than 700 works of art from all
over the world.
Timings: 10am-4pm (Mon-Fri) Entry Fee: Free
The heritage of Guyana is a combination of great local architecture, colonial
remnants, history, modern political movements, and the living culture of its diverse
population. The net result is that the built heritage of Guyana is a riveting hook for
travellers. The wooden churches with stained glass features, museums with
Demerara windows, Dutch sluice and canal engineering in Georgetown and a
number of other historical structures in the country offer a window into the
country’s past and present.
The National Trust of Guyana is the leading organisation responsible for the
preservation and restoration of the colonial buildings and historical sites found
throughout Guyana. Soft copies of select National Trust publications will soon be
accessible via this website.