The Montserrat National Trust is a Non-Government, Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the islands historical sites and natural environment and has been a leading agency in the development of the islands tourism products over the past 35 years. The Trust operates out of the Oriole Complex, and here you can walk through the Natural History Centre to explore the history of Montserrat from pre-Columbian days through colonization, sugar production and slavery, the lime industry to volcanic activities. You can also look at photographs of our most senior citizens who built this island for us to enjoy, and hear their stories on videocassettes.
The small library, which is filled with important historical documents and information about the islands natural environment, is open to scholars and researchers. There are also documents to help trace your genealogy.
Wander through the gardens which have a variety of local plants, and better still ask one of our veteran tour guides to give you a guided tour of the grounds. You can also purchase a variety of plants from the nursery to beautify your own garden.
In the Oriole Gift Shop, be sure to book a guided tour on one or more of the scenic nature trails developed by the Trust. Buy souvenirs and gift items from a range of local arts and crafts, preserves, books, videos, and postcards. Before you leave, you may post your cards at the Philatelic Bureau in the same complex.