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Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

Crow Lane, Hamilton, Bermuda
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Ranked #11 of 29 Attractions in Hamilton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: For kids and their parents: multimedia exhibits about underwater exploration such as The Dive, a seven minute ride that simulates deep sea diving.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
48 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I planned my visit to Bermuda by using TripAdvisor and a Lonely Planet travel guide. The Institute was not in my travel guide and was not on my preliminary list of sites to see but was instead one of my "back-up" sites that I could visit in the event of inclement weather. I am glad that I visited; it is... More

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I look at BUEI and see a budding museum that's going to be amazing in about 20 years, however, today it is lackluster at best- While this museum would be great for young kids, as an adult I felt distanced and absolutely not drawn in. The seashell collection on display is amazing- There's shells in there that you could ride... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Reading the brochure it seemed like a place to visit. It mentioned taking a simulation of a dive into deep water. This was more like an elevator with a TV with the resolution from the 1980s. Snow image. Juvenile graphics and horrible sound. Kid on the "ride" were bored and we're asking how long is this. Then the other "great"... More

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BUEI, General Manager at Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, responded to this review

We at BUEI are very disappointed you did not enjoy your visit with us. Most children, and adults, enjoy the simulated dive into the deep, but I appreciate it may not be to everyone’s taste. It is designed to give an illusion of diving into the deep ocean, and the Bermuda Triangle, with a 1950’s feel. Again many visitors enjoy... More

Denver, Colorado
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87 reviews 87 reviews
15 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Both adults and children can learn a lot from this establishment, but I think children would be more eager to learn from the way much of it is presented. I did not enjoy picking up telephone handsets (which no-doubt thousands of people have handled before me) to listen to audio on some displays. I did enjoy the displays on shipwrecks,... More

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Crossville, Tennessee
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203 reviews 203 reviews
74 attraction reviews
382 helpful votes 382 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (the BUEI) in Hamilton, Bermuda in the AM. They open at 10 AM and their senior rate is $12 per person. In September when we visited, they had a wonderful Lionfish Exhibit - where we learned a lot about how invasive they are to sea life. Next there was a massive shell collection... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
108 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I would suggest about an hour is going to cover the basics of this museum, maybe longer if you have a particular interest. It is a pleasant environment and cool with effective air conditioning. The displays are well spaced out and have some good clear descriptions. There are many child friendly displays with buttons and levers. They provide leaflets to... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

So cool! We had such a great time. Not only are there separate exhibits but also tours every 15 minutes on the 15's. Truly a wonderful place to visit. Much to do, doesn't matter what age. It's amazing to see artifacts that are over 600 years old and some are coral encrusted!

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White Plains, New York
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162 reviews 162 reviews
61 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Underwater Exploration Institute was a diamond in rough. It gave a great picture of the underwater life around Bermuda. Also the history of the waters. It was presented in a way for both adults and children. There was even a simulated dive to add to the adventure.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

its 15.00 a person and its like any other that you have been to. So if you run out of things to do in Bermuda then go...you are not missing much IMHO.

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Orlando, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

After reading about BUEI in a tour book, we decided to go there. It's not a huge museum, but it does have an impressive collection of shells and "treasure" from shipwrecks. We enjoyed seeing the various underwater diving vehicles that have been used over time. The invasion of lionfish and their effect on the ecosystem was well explained. We expected... More

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