City Hall Bermuda
The building has been designed by Wilfred Onions, a well known Bermudian architect. In many of his building designs, he used a cottage like theme and City Hall is no different.
The 90-foot front tower has a bronze wind direction indicator on top that resembles the wrecked ship Sea Venture of Sir George Somers.
Although the building was opened in 1960, the architect Wilfred Onions by then had already passed away. There are bronze sculptures of children in a setting of lily pond created by the Bermudian artist Desmond Fountain.
City Hall Bermuda
The City Hall serves many functions from the same building premises.
As you enter through the massive cedar doors, you will see beautiful huge chandeliers, portraits of Queen Elizabeth II and the Mayors of past & present. The queen had visited the City Hall in 1975. Here you can also see a great collection of postage stamps donated by Colin Benbow, a local historian.
On the right side is the office of Bermuda Corporation. On the left is City Hall Theatre. It hosts many types of performing arts. It is always busy with amateur or professional performances including dance recitals, plays, orchestral performances and such.
There is a grand cedar-make stairs that leads to the upper floor. As you go up the stairs, you will find Bermuda National Gallery on the first landing to your right. This is where Bermuda's national collections of art are displayed, and the permanent exhibits include paintings, sculptures, masks, photographs etc.
Further up on your left is the Bermuda Society of Arts. It displays and sells creative artwork like paintings, sculptures and photographs of local artists.
And there are more to explore in City Hall. There is an exquisite grand room here with sofas, tables and chairs where the members of the Royal family and other dignitaries have occasional meetings. When not in use, you can enter the room and take a look around and feel the royal ambience.
Update November 2012: The City Hall Theatre has been renamed as The Earl Cameron Theater in honor of the 95-year old famous Bermudian actor Mr. Earl Cameron. This renaming was done through a formal ceremony that was attended by the Premier, Governor, Mayor of Hamilton and many other dignitaries along with the actor himself.
Admission & Open Hours
City Hall Admission is free. Open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday - Friday).
Location & Contacts of City Hall & Arts Center
17 Church Street, Hamilton City, Bermuda.
1) Check out Bermuda Museums for great museums & historical buildings in Bermuda.
2) Check out Pembroke Parish or Hamilton City for many other attractions in and around City of Hamilton.
3) Check out Bermuda Sightseeing for many other great tourist attractions in Bermuda
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