Indian Caribbean Museum

Located near the famous Temple in the Sea at Waterloo, Trinidad, the Indian Caribbean Museum is the only one of its kind in the world. No other museum is dedicated to the preservation of the material history of over one million descendants of East Indians/South Asians in the Caribbean. The first Indian immigrants came to the Caribbean from India to work as indentured labourers from 1838 to 1917 after the abolition of slavery.

There are many types of museums in the world, and even within a single country. The major types include museums of art, science, sports and natural history. The Indian Caribbean Museum is a specialized museum like the Police Museum, the Money Museum, The Maritime Museum and the Angostura Museum of Trinidad and Tobago. Indeed, establishing such museums are important because they focus on specific themes to which the National Museum cannot do justice because of its limited size and city location.


  • To collect, preserve and display artifacts and archival documents relating to the material history of East Indians in the Caribbean.
  • To inspire an appreciation of the past and its relevance to the present and future.
  • To provide a primary resource for individuals, students, schools, colleges and universities doing research, and
  • To increase the knowledge, enrich the spirit, and broaden the perspective of all visitors.



  • To serve the public better by providing a more informative and enjoyable visitor experience.
  • To organize related events such as lectures, seminars, workshops and camps when the facilities are expanded.
  • To develop national and international cooperation and collaboration with organizations interested in East Indian history, heritage and culture in    the Caribbean, and
  • To forge stronger links with stakeholders in culture, education and tourism.