After many years of expectation and hope, the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Museum is finally open.
Located on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, the Carnival Museum opened its doors yesterday. The new museum houses artefacts that showcase the origins and journey of Carnival through the years that have given the local festival the “Greatest show on Earth” title.
People can now go to the museum throughout the year and marvel at the various artistic displays and creations that depict the rich colours of Carnival.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister Randall Mitchell explained that the birthplace of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is east Port-of-Spain and it should be the epicentre.
“We have the Carnival Museum in east Port-of-Spain, very soon we will have a state-of-the-art Desperadoes Pan Theatre and we also have the Picadilly Greens,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell also revealed plans are also in train to utilise virtual reality and advanced technology to better showcase Carnival’s history and legacy.
“To corporate Trinidad and Tobago, come here, there are incentives for sponsorship in the cultural sector, take advantage of those. This promises to be a truly remarkable project,” he added.
This museum is the brainchild of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands Association (TTCBA), which was seeking to create a permanent space to tell the stories of Carnival. The First Citizens Foundation subsequently gave the TTCBA the Charlotte Street branch site, more commonly known as the “Penny Bank,” for the venture.