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“Better Than Ever!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Bermuda

National Museum of Bermuda
The Keep, Sandys MA 01, Bermuda | The Old Royal Naval Dockyard, MA 01, Bermuda
441-234-1418
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Owner description: Inside the world of secret underground tunnels, shipwrecked explorers and hidden treasure.
Staten Island, New York
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“Better Than Ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I'm very impressed from my recent visit to this museum. It used to be a maritime museum but has been expanded over the years to present fairly inclusive coverage of the island. The setting is appropriately in the fort-like grounds surrounding the Commissioner's House of the Royal Naval Dockyard. I was impressed the frankness with which Bermuda's less than picture-perfect history was presented -- including its use as a penal colony during the Boer War and for Irish political prisoners and some African history. Don't miss the exhibit in the ammunition magazine opposite the grotto. And watch out for the "leftovers" of the goats who keep the lawn mowed!

The Commissioner's House, which over many years has been beautifully transformed into good exhibition space, has a commanding view up the length of the island and over any cruise ships docked in Dockyard.

To get here, the ferry ride to/from Hamilton (and St. George in season) is convenient and well worth the time for the ride alone. Alternatively, you can access this site by the regular and reliable bus service. If you need lunch, the Frog & Onion, just outside the front entrance, is my favorite, though there are others nearby as well.

I don't notice what provision there is for those with mobility issues but there is a fair bit of walking.

Visited October 2013
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Putnam, Connecticut
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“History of Bermuda !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Located at Bermudas Royal Dockyard,literately steps away from the cruise ship. Very reasonably priced for such a great attraction. We found it to be very informative and interesting. We Highly recommended it !

Visited July 2013
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Belleville, Illinois
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“The Commissioner’s House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We visited Bermuda from NCL cruise ship, docked in King’s Wharf. Our balcony was just facing to the Commissioner’s House in National Museum of Bermuda. I watched the fascinating historical house in sun rise and sunset, wanted to visit it on our last day since it was a short walk from the cruise ship. However, it was rain on our second day so we went to there in the afternoon. The Commissioner’s House is on the hill, built with cast iron and limestone. Strong wind made rain whipping to my face when I was walking up to the house. In the ground floor, I walked through artillery, defense and fortifications, felt the safest place here in this rain storm. The first floor has coins and banknotes of Bermuda, history of Bermuda, the slave trade. Standing at the front door, I saw the big cruise ship was blurred out in the rain storm. The second floor has Commissioner’s room and other rooms. The Hall of History is covered by Foster’s mural in 2 floors. Each peace of history of Bermuda was presented on it. Since I had learned some Bermuda history during my walking tour in St. George and visited City Hall in Hamilton, I could recognize many of historical events on the mural. After the Commissioner’s House, we visited High Cave Magazine, Queen’s Exhibition Hall for Shipwreck Island, and Boat Loft and The Great Storehouse Clock. If you are interested in the history of Bermuda, you should visit the museum.

Visited September 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Provides a Great History of Bermuda”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Very enjoyable and informative. We expecially liked the two rooms with the coins and currency and the history behind each of the monies on display.

Visited September 2013
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East Lansing, Michigan, United States
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you are interested in the history of Bermuda, plan to spend a couple of hours or so walking through the Commissioner's House (which houses most of the exhibits), the buildings in the keep (more exhibits), and the grounds (where you should not be surprised to encounter sheep grazing). The entrance fee is minimal. The exhibits are all quite well done, and there is a mural in the main staircase that is quite impressive. There are ramps as well as stairs, and an elevator in the Commissioner's House, so it should be fully wheelchair accessible. The map and guide (obtained at the entrance) is very useful and very informative.

Visited September 2013
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