A window into Guyana’s history, Garry Serrao’s private museum is a passionate collection of utensils, stamps, Dutch and British glassware, books, objects of daily use and other artefacts. The two floor museum offers a step back in time. Being located in a private home, makes it all the more fun as you saunter around.
Timings: 09:00hrs – 17:00hrs Entry Free: Please contact your tour operator for more information
Other sights that you can see in the region are:
- Enmore Martyrs Monument
Built in honour of five sugar plantation workers – Rambarran, Pooran, Lallabagee, Surajballi and Harry – the Enmore Martyrs’ Monument stands as a poignant reminder of their sacrifice. Standing in the middle of Plantation Enmore in East Coast of Demerara, it is a commemoration to their bravery, which ignited protests from the plantation workers in 1948.
- Emancipation Monument
The memorial is an ode to the 62 freed Africans who established a free- holders village after winning Emancipation in 1838. It lies in Beterverwagting in East Demerara. Emancipation observed the ending of chattel (personal property) slavery from servitude and marked a new era in the history of Guyana.
- Hermanus Post Tomb
Not all colonial presence in Guyana was bitter. The Dutch plantation owner, Hermanus Hibertus Post was well regarded amongst the community as someone who opposed slavery. He took it upon himself to educate them and also provide basic amenities to the villages. The base of a large mango tree became his grave, where the tomb is now built.
- James Douglas Monument
The monument commemorates Sir James Douglas, the ‘Father of British Colombia.’ Though Douglas was a Guyanese from this region, he landed a job in Canada and became part of the region’s sovereignty, after making several contributions towards the British Colony.
- Plaisance Monument
Plaisance village was purchased by former slaves in 1842 from the Water body family. With their independent status, a monument was unveiled listing the original proprietors of the village. Even though the structure looks ordinary, it signifies an integral moment in the history of Guyana.
- Wilberforce Congregational Church
The Wilberforce Congregational Church has an unforgettable location. It lies in Victoria, which was the first village in the country to be bought by former slaves in 1839. The church is one of the oldest religious establishments, and it is named after William Wilberforce, the abolitionist.