The oldest building in town is believed to be the old court house, with Legislative Council chambers, in which the Museum is now housed.
The St. Johns Courthouse, now the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda architecture is neo-classical and is built of yellow freestone from the islands off the north-east coast of Antigua.
The Court of Justice was held on the ground floor and upstairs the space was used as meeting rooms for the Council and Assembly. Here through the centuries, laws have been made and amended for the government of the colony.
In the old days, St. John’s Court House was used for several kinds of functions, lectures, charity balls, bazaars, official dinners and teas as well as a grim court room.
This historic building is indeed a fine setting for a museum and is an excellent example of adaptive use for an old building. The Museum’s primary objectives are education and research of the nation’s heritage. It presents to the people of Antigua and Barbuda a view of their islands’ overall history.
Visit the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in one of the oldest historical buildings in St. Johns, to experience the rich history and heritage of Antiguans and Barbudans.