Virgin Islands Folk Museum
Virgin Islands Folk Museum (Penn House, Main Street, Road Town, Tortola) — Located on Main Street just past The Sir Oliva Georges Plaza, the Virgin Island Folk Museum has some Arawak and Carib pottery and stone tools, including a decorated spindle, wreck of The Rhone and H.M.S. Nymph artefacts, plantation items and reef conservation information. This small museum also sells t-shirts, paintings, maps, and gifts.
The VI Folk Museum was established in 1982 by the Virgin Islands Historical Society. The museum was originally housed in a late 19th Century wooden house on Main Street, in what is now the Abbott House. The museum later moved to its current location further up Main Street in 1993. It is currently housed in the Penn House located near the old Post Office. The Penn House was the home of Joseph Wilfred Penn, a shipwright who built his family home in 1911. In those days there was no Waterfront Drive, and the sea lapped gently against the nearby shore. The Penn House itself is a fine example of West Indian vernacular style and is an example of the many single and two-story stone and wooden buildings which lined the winding dirt road that was Main Street. This fascinating old building houses a collection of photographs, crafts and artifacts dating from the arrival of the indigenous Amerindians of 100 B.C.E to present day Virgin Islands. Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (weekdays).