Bermuda Museums - All You Need to Know To Learn Bermuda's History

Visiting the different museums in Bermuda is a unique experience that should never be missed by anyone who has this magnificent opportunity. Apart from being an extraordinary travel destination, Bermuda also has a deep naval history which is showcased throughout its various museums. Let’s explore.

National Museum of Bermuda (Formerly called Bermuda Maritime Museum)

Bermuda National Museum

Bermuda National Museum – Commissioner’s House

The National Museum of Bermuda could be said to be one of the most popular forts in Bermuda. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore the local history and culture of Bermuda, as well as a number of collections, including the Royal Navy Collection, the Treasure House, the Dainty Ocean Racer and several other interesting exhibitions.
You will then find dolphins swimming in the fort’s lagoon. Quite an amazing site as it is. Anyone who enters the museum can watch the dolphins as well.
Starting off in 2014, the museum has 18 collections on display with others planned. You will find cannons, local maritime artifacts and art, and spectacular views. So go take a look at Bermuda’s shipwreck artifacts and much more.

Admissions Phone Number: 1-441-234-1418
Museum Phone Number: 1-441-234-1333

Email: info@bmm.bm

Location: The museum entrance can be found behind the Frog and Onion Restaurant in Dockyard.

Hours of Operation:

Spring and Summer Hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm (last admission is allowed in at 3:00pm)
Admissions:
Members: Free with membership card
Adults (13 years old and up): $10
Adults (60 and up): $8
Children (under 13): Free

Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo

Located at 40 North Shore Road Flatts FL 04, the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo is one of the most impressive attractions in Bermuda. The aquarium and zoo offers you the opportunity to learn about more than 200 species, all found in various Bermuda ecosystems – shallow waters, reefs, and the deep ocean surrounding the island.
You will see many of the species in their 140,000 gallon main tank which is the North Rock Exhibit, which in my opinion, is the best place on the island to snorkel. I am talking about snorkeling at North Rock, not the aquarium! Along with the many marine species on display, you will find more than 300 birds, reptiles, and mammals that find habitats on oceanic islands similar to Bermuda, such as the Caribbean, Australasia and Madagascar.
Phone: (441) 293-2727

Email: info.bzs@gov.bm

Hours of Operation:

Open Daily (except Christmas Day): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (last admission is allowed in at 4:00pm)
Gift Shop Hours (except Christmas Day): 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission information:
Adults (13 years old and up): $10
Senior Citizens: $5
Children (5-12 years old): $5
Children under 5 years old are free.
Their facility is wheelchair accessible.
Annual Memberships:
Student: $10
Senior: $15
Individual: $45
Family or Grandparent: $75

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

The BUEI aims to teach visitors about the underwater world in not just Bermuda, but the oceans all around our beautiful world as well. Located at 40 Crow Lane, Pembroke, and just outside the City of Hamilton, the museum offers several exhibitions located on different levels of the building. The most notable ones are Bermuda Revealed, Science at Sea, The Dive, Shark Cage, The Treasure Room and Shipwreck Gallery. The BUEI’s goal is to amaze, excite, and educate each visitor.

Phone: (441) 292-7219

Email: info@buei.org

Hours of Operation:

Open Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Last admission is at 4:00 pm.
Open Weekends: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Last admission is at 4:00 pm.

Admissions:

Adults (18 years old and up): $12.50
Senior Citizens: $10
Children (6-17 years old): $6
Children under 5 years old are free.
Phone: (441) 292-7219 | info@buei.org

Bermuda National Gallery

Bermuda National Gallery provides visitors the possibility to enjoy some of the best artworks in the world, which include unique exhibits that will leave you without any words to say. Current exhibitions displayed at the gallery are A Sense of Place, which offers artworks from contemporary artists, Michael Walsh: Contemporary Conversation, which comes with the realizations of a contemporary Bermudian artist, Highlights from the BNG Collection, which showcases several artworks from different categories.
Located at 17 Church St, Hamilton, and 1 Bridge Street, St. Georges.

St. Georges location:

This location is interesting as the building itself holds historic significance. The building that houses the artwork is named ‘Bridge House’ and was initially built in the late 1600s and housed Bermuda’s early governors.

 

Phone: (441) 295-9428
Hours of Operation:
Hamilton Location
Open Weekdays: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Closed Sundays and public holidays.
St. Georges Location
Open Daily: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Closed public holidays.
Admission is free.

Bermuda National Trust Museum

Bermuda National Trust Museum is a cultural attraction spot where people come to enjoy natural, architectural and historic treasures that are carefully kept all the time. There are several smaller museums and historical buildings you can visit, and you will find them and their information below:
Waterville: Built around 1725, you will be able to see into the life of early settlers in Bermuda. There is a rose garden on the grounds as well, and the property hosts many weddings and other events throughout the year.
Located at 2 Pomander Road, Paget, Bermuda
Phone: (441) 236-6483

Email: palmetto@bnt.bm
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Admission is free

Verdmont Historic House and Gardens

Verdmont House has remained unchanged structurally for over 300 years. Its early features are still dominant in the house. In the attic is a display and small architectural exhibit. They both tell the story of the Bermudians who lived there all those years ago.
Located at 6 Verdmont Lane, off Collectors Hill, Smith’s Parish
Phone: (441) 236-7369
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Call or email before arriving as they may not be open.
Admission:
Adults $5,
Children (6-18 years) $2
Children under 5 years old are free.

Historic Tucker House

There are two exhibits at this museum which is housed in a home built in the 1750s. There is a famous Bermuda family, the Tuckers, and on display are their family’s artifacts and collections – silver, china, hand-sewn quilts, crystal, old Bermuda cedar furniture, and more. You will also learn about the local family’s ties to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Another exhibit on display is the Rainey Exhibit. Joseph Rainey from South Carolina was a free black man who operated a barber shop in or near the Tucker House kitchen from 1862-1865 after escaping the South during the Civil War. He left Bermuda for the Carolinas and became the first African American in the United States House of Representatives. In this exhibit you will be able to see how Joseph Rainey and his wife possibly lived and worked and the life he led in Bermuda before becoming a part of U.S. history.
Located at 5 Water Street, St. George’s
Phone: (441) 297-0545
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Call or email before arriving as they may not be open.
Admission:
Adults $5,
Children (6-18 years) $2
Children under 5 years old are free.

The Bermuda National Trust Museum at the Globe Hotel

When St. Georges was Bermuda’s capital, this house was built and used as Government House in 1699. This was short lived as a new government came to power in 1701, just a short two years later. The property was later purchased by the Tucker family where they lived there for decades more. The offices of Major Norman S. Walker was headquartered on the upper level of the house during the American Civil War. There is a video presentation on display which talks about the history of Bermuda and the American Civil War. There is also a gift shop inside. It is worth visiting if you are in the Town of St. Georges as it is located just near the main square on Duke of York Street.
Located at 32 Duke of York Street, St. George’s.
Phone: (441) 297 1423
Typical Hours of Operation:
November to March, Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
April to October, Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Call or email before arriving as they may not be open.
Admission:
Adults $5,
Children (6-18 years) $2
Children under 5 years old are free.

The Old Rectory

Built around 1699, this historic building maintains many of its original features. It is found behind St. Peter’s Church in St. Georges and used to house a bishop and the rector of the church from 1763 – 1805. Consequently, The Old Rectory is nicknamed, The Little Bishop
Located at 1 Broad Alley, behind St. Peter’s Church, St. George’s.
Phone: (441) 297-4261
To find out if the building is open to visitors, you must contact them on the number above.
To arrange a guided tour, you can directly go to speak to an official at the headquarters at Waterville 2 Pomander Lane Paget PG 05, call (441) 236-6483 All historic houses can be opened by appointment with Peter Frith: pfrith@bnt.bm

Fort St Catherine

Fort St. Catherine Bermuda

The fort, probably one of Bermuda’s more well-known one, houses a fantastic museum that displays Bermuda’s vibrant history, with an strong emphasis on the island’s military past. The fort and the surrounding historical sites in St. Georges Parish are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum had a makeover in 2012 and now has many new displays and previously closed off areas that are free to roam.
Located at 15 Coot Pond Road, St Catherine’s Point, St. Georges, Bermuda.
Phone: (441) 297-1920
Hours of Operation:
Daily – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Admission:
Adults $7
Children $3