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Ground floor

Grand Foyer

Foyer560The floor of the Museum's neo-classical central entrance hall is made of terrazzo (marble chips embedded in concrete to form patterns). The elegant design depicts a compass, which tells you the directional orientation of the building the front entrance faces due north towards the sea.

The spectacular stained glass lead light ceiling directly above the entrance foyer shows the Coat of Arms of all British Dominions and Colonies during World War I.  From the north east corner clockwise they are:

  • (East wall) Gibraltar, Kenya, South Africa and Newfoundland
  • (South wall) Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia
  • (West wall) India, Ceylon, Malaya and the Straits Settlements
  • (North wall) Channel Islands, Fiji, Jamaica and Malta

Remember to use the compass on the entrance foyer floor to get your bearings.