National Museum of Bermuda

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National Museum of Bermuda
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Explore 500 years of Bermuda history and culture in Bermuda's largest fort. Jaw-dropping views, massive cannon, shipwreck artefacts, local watercraft, a stunning mural, a children's playhouse and playground make if fun for all ages.
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Dave D
Maryland10 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
On a cruise to Bermuda? Ship the expensive excursions and visit this gem of a museum and an early 19th century fort, just a short walk from the King’s Wharf cruise ship dock.
Beautifully restored and maintained buildings with exhibits of Bermuda’s historic past. The museum has amazing views of Bermuda and the surrounding ocean from the third floor wrap around veranda.
It’s a large setting within the seawalls of the fort. Plan on a lot of walking over 2-3 hours to explore every part of the fort and multiple museum buildings. (The museum buildings and much of the grounds are wheelchair accessible.)
Well worth the $15.00 admission price.
Written June 20, 2022
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Jeop86
Newark, NJ25 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
My third trip to Royal Dockyard and I didn’t know what I’d been missing. Beautiful, well thought out museum with indoor and outdoor exhibits in a spectacular location. Prepare to spend a few hours viewing interesting artifacts, artwork, and exhibits. Lots of fascinating facts about Bermuda’s history and her surprising role in global historical events. I was with two teens (14, 16) who were not bored.
Written June 24, 2022
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154rox
Stamford, CT45 contributions
Jan 2020
Extensive Collection of paintings, photographs, scale models, military exhibits and artwork bringing to life Bermuda’s role in naval history, the slave trade and modern tourism. This in an exquisitely restored structure with commanding views of the Great Sound and the open ocean. Don’t miss the astonishing Hall of History mural created by Bermudian artist Graham Foster.
Written January 5, 2020
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jenrn2020
Fleming Island, FL68 contributions
Oct 2019
There is a lot of walking here. The exhibits are spread out. You learn a lot about the Bermudians and their heritage.Make sure you see the exhibits near the cave as they are easy to miss but well worth it. They also have a dolphin quest. With your admission you can sit and watch the dolphins. For an additional fee you can swim with them.m
Written February 13, 2020
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ZenaRd
New York City, NY612 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Fantastic museum with great exhibitions and historical artifacts. The various buildings and floors are home to educational and beautifully curated stories about the island and its history. Make sure to review the map so you don’t miss any of the exhibits. Also lovely to walk around the grounds.
Written August 30, 2021
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FLDSETTER
East Hampton, NY919 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
What to do on our last day in Bermuda , we have seen this place from our stateroom year after year but never went . We had a quick lunch in port and went to see what made this place so infamous . The grounds of the fort are huge . The history here tells of how the people of Bermuda protected themselves . There is a boat house with hand made boats . Cannons abound everywhere , bunkers , a jail , so much to see . Don’t pass up the views from the main quarters that stand up on the bluff ! A small fee is required to gain access and they have a Dolphin swim along also for an extra fee ! Enjoy 😊
Written October 25, 2019
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Thank you so much for visiting our Museum and for your kind review!
Written November 1, 2019
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jenjencc514
Hartford, CT52 contributions
The guide book I brought with me to Bermuda warned of "rather tired displays" at this attraction--and I have to agree!! While the island history is interesting and very rich, schlepping through these buildings with a toddler in a stroller was not as much fun as I had hoped. Lots of fascinating military history for my hubby, but I was tired, hot and bored after 2 hours. Teriffic view from the top-- but not someplace that most kids or non-military-historians will find especially fun for an entire day. $10 to get in per person. The house at the top has the more modern displays and has really interesting history of slavery in Bermuda. Older buildings at the bottom had displays about whaling, early cruise ship travel, etc. Not air-conditioned.
Written August 27, 2003
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skipitgood
Roswell, GA509 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
It's easy to come to Bermuda and think it's all beaches, palm trees, and beautiful weather. This museum gives a brief history of Bermuda in a fairly interesting way. It discussed the origins of the settlement - for instance, I never knew that Bermuda was unoccupied before European explorers arrived - and the slave trade. Many ships wrecked here because of the rocks and reefs surrounding it. Some made it ashore; many didn't. We thought the entrance fee was a little steep, but it allowed access to the fort and the dolphin show too, so we got some great views and the show was fun. We didn't have a chance to tour the entire house because we had a fussy baby with us, but it looked like there was quite a bit of info on British colonization, slavery, tourism, etc. We would have liked to have had the chance to see more of it.

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Written February 7, 2015
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jjstives
Fort Pierce, FL530 contributions
Thirty years ago, The Dockyard area was little more than ruins of the 1800's fortifications.

Today, this large and well laid out museum is an incredicle restoration work that took 20 years and has won awards for its overall excellence. As you stand on the King's Wharf, where cruise ships dock, you can see the Commissioner's House on a hill not far away. What looks like scaffolding around the house is in fact a gallery that encircles the house and museum, affording excellent views.

There is perhaps some confusion because this was apparently called the Bermuda Maritime Museum and has changed its name to National Museum of Bermuda, (as of May 2010), perhaps because it encompasses more than just maritime exhibits.

In any case, it is well done and full of historical displays and artifacts and well worth the $10 fee. You can ramble around the fortress, inspect old gun emplacements and cannon and tour the three floors of the original Commissioner's House, which was the first Cast Iron building in the world...apparently to fend off any cannon balls lobbed from attackers off shore.

And yes, the Dolphin Quest facility is also there and inside the walls. The lagoon that the Quest uses was originally part of a clever arrangement to permit the Bermuda fortress occupants to carry ammunition in small boats out to ships through a stone portal in the fortress walls.

The Forster Cooper Building (1852), and the 1850 Ordinance Building are both remarkable stone structures with a high vaulted ceilings. Like all of the remaining and restored buildings, they have withstood time and weather incredibly well.

Among the exhibits not to be missed are the collection of Longtail photos in the ACE room, Royal Navy collection in the Malabar Room, and the slavery exhibits on the first floor.

I saw nothing that was "tired" or worn out, but clearly this is not a place to take young children or even adults who have a short attention span. Like most museums, this is intended to educate, (God forbid), not entertain. I had only two hours to devote to it, but the woman at the entrance stamped my arm and said I could come back in again the same day without paying again.

This is a worthwhile and interesting attraction on the island.
Written June 2, 2010
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wal-26
London, Canada83 contributions
Mar 2011
We didn't have enough time at the museum because we were being picked up from there at a designated time, but we really wanted to see the museum for a couple of hours. it was fantastic and we tried to get back during our stay but didn't make it back. Being at the whole dockyard is fantastic, many neat places to see, and this museum is at the top. We hope to go back to Bermuda and when we do, we'll make sure we allot the appropriate time to this great museum. The small bit we saw was just not enough
Written April 4, 2011
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