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National Museum of Bermuda
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Walnut Creek, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed June 3, 2012

Great history of the island?...loved the dolphin quest which you can sit and watch after paying admitance to museum

Visited May 2012
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Warrenton, Virginia
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“$M View & Ecclectic History By Room”
Reviewed May 28, 2012 via mobile

We stopped in briefly while waiting for the ferry to Hamilton and were surprised. It was almost like experiencing Forest Gump's box of chocolates with a different surprise in every room we entered at the restored Commisioners House (think of a three story stone office building). There is a coin room, a currency room, a slavery room, a U.S. Navy room, a yachting room, a room of historic Naval Paintings, a gorgeous mural w/ a vibrant pictorial timeline in stairwell and a must see basement w/ canons and 4 ft walls w/ ports/windows. This occupys the western point of Sommerset Island at the former Brittish Naval Dockyard. Stunning views from from the broad Commissioners House balcony's and coastal batteries of the ocean and reefs.

Each of the exhibits is donated by a different individual/group and is becoming an organized (very well done) attic for Bermuda history, especially those tied to the sea. Big and well manicured grounds. Also the site for a dolphin aquarium.

At first the $10 fee seemed a bit steep and there wasn't a good map/guide of the displays. However, we were quickly taken by the historic beauty of the site and the quality of the exhibits.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gives visitors a unique perspective on the history of this Island”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

Bermuda is more than beautiful beaches and warm hospitality. To truly appreciate the history and culture of the Island, visiting this museum, now expanded and renamed the National Museum of Bermuda, is a must. Exhibits show how the Island was settled by diverse groups of people over the last four hundred years, with a room dedicated to each population group. For sailing enthusiasts, there is a room detailing the history of the Bermuda sailing races. A portion of the restored Commissioner's House shows the history of Bermuda as a British penal colony, with the crafts made by prisoners on display. One of the highlights of our trip!

Visited May 2012
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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290 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“A bit overwhelming?”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Bermuda's history is synonymous with maritime activities. I think this must be the largest of all museums in Bermuda. Be prepared. Every aspect of Bermuda's maritime history and then some is covered here. It is contained in several historic buildings at the Dockyard. It's worth going to. It's just a lot to see and try to absorb. There are some really excellent displays. I especially liked the boat building displays of local, indigenous vessels.

Visited September 2011
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Grimsby, Ontario
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“This is where the Island's real heritage lives.”
Reviewed April 17, 2012

Bermuda's history is all in the seas around it, The maritime heritage that made the Island more than a speck of limestone on an ancient volcano is here

Visited March 2012
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