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“Top Museum. Thoroughly recommended visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Bermuda

National Museum of Bermuda
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Owner description: Inside the world of secret underground tunnels, shipwrecked explorers and hidden treasure.
London, United Kingdom
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714 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 584 helpful votes
“Top Museum. Thoroughly recommended visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a very good museum made up of several component parts set in the grounds of the former Casemate Barracks and its adjacent buildings.
One of the most interesting parts is the restored Commissioner’s House, set over three floors. We made a bit of a mistake and left it till last and ran out of time to see it all as we were not prepared for how much interesting stuff was in there and in the end the museum staff had to finish up chasing us out at closing time. So my advice would be leave plenty of time or do this first.
As a taster, it houses very good historical exhibits including the slavery exhibit and a very good collection of old coins and old Bermudan bank notes. But one of the most surprisingly interesting bits is the newish Grand mural by local artist Graham Foster that now adorns the walls of the main stair case. We spent 30 minutes here alone staring at all the represented aspects of Bermudan history and life.
The Maritime Museum is constantly being upgraded and one of the newer sections is the Shipwreck Island exhibit housed in the Queen's Exhibition Hall on the lower grounds of the Dockyard Keep. Again if your into pirates and stuff from shipwrecks 20 minutes could disappear in here alone.
Then there is the Prisoners in Paradise exhibit in the ammunition High Cave Magazine in the grounds and all this even before you explore all the ramparts and get all the views from the multitude of canons and fortifications, and sneak a look at the Dolphins going through their paces in the Dolphin experience.
On an island where a beer costs $8.50, a $10 entry ticket for all this history is a complete steal.

Visited February 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The museum is quite large and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around. There are many different buildings setup with exhibits. The Commissioner's house has particularly interesting exhibits. Three floors worth! There are beautiful views from the top area of the fort. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited January 2013
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Lakeland, Minnesota
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466 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 343 helpful votes
“Don't Miss It”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Located at the Dockyards, I was pleasantly surprised at how well-done this museum is. You can walk the grounds of the old fort - old cannons, etc - a herd of goats rule the area, so mind your step as you walk the grass and be sure to close the sheep gate if you head up to the grounds that way. The Commissioner's House houses a fantastic war museum, incredible mural, and other fascinating Bermuda historical facts. Several of the other buildings on the property house other types of historical information all presented with considerable detail. The museum grounds is also the location of the Dolphin Quest which I did not participate in or watch - there is a small dolphin related gift ship near the Quest area.

Visited December 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Fortifications, Shops, Museums, Beaches, Bars all in 1 Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Great fort to wander around and explore amazing history a lot of the fortifications were built by Boer War prisoners, lots of Canadian and British Naval History here; cool shops and reasonable prices, pubs with great food, pottery shop and rum cake shop are definitely worth checking out. There is even a nice little beach on one side of the fort would recommend it for a family outting but plan a full day; short ferry ride to Hamilton.
Hire a taxi for a quick run around the area if you want to get an idea of the area 10.00 and we found lots of neat spots

Visited May 2012
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Wareham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Actually, I went only because of my husband wanted to and ended up truly enjoying it. Boy~ was I surprised.

Visited May 2012
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