National Museum of Bermuda
The original museum was established in 1974 and officially opened in 1975. It was housed in the 10-acre area of the fort Keep.
In 2009 December the Bermuda government decided to transfer the Casemates Barracks, additional buildings and fortifications to the existing Maritime Museum giving it a national stature and covering an expanded area of 15 acres of land.
The former Maritime Museum had been instrumental in restoring the Commissioner's House and other historic buildings within the Keep Fort through a painstaking process. With the present expansion to the Bermuda's National Museum, there have been many enhancements to the exhibits, programs, nature of its research and publications.
Sketch outline of the Bermuda National Museum
Ariel view of National Museum of Bermuda
Here are some highlights of the enhancements of exhibits & collections done over and above what had been already existing as part of Bermuda Maritime Museum:
1) Display of decorative arts like furniture, local crafts, kite-making etc.
2) Display of all aspects of Bermuda’s unique architecture.
4) Bermuda's transportation systems through historical time periods including carriages, trains, bikes, mopeds etc.
5) History and traditions in dance, music, entertainment and performances. It includes exhibits of musical instruments, Gombey costumes and traditions, and more.
6) History, equipment used and life styles of those engaged in Bermuda's agriculture.
7) Postal History including the national stamp and postal cover collection.
8) In Sports and Recreation, there are displays on cricket history and memorabilia, soccer, and other athletic sports. The great achievers are also highlighted in this section.
9) Bermuda's first settlement and British colonization, including exhibits of rare personal possessions of such time.
10) History of Education and Schools in Bermuda.
11) Development of religions and religious institutions in Bermuda.
12) How the defense mechanism of the Royal Naval Dockyard was built up over time and the role of the fort Keep, the Casemate barracks that used to be once a prison, and the Ramparts.
13) Collections and exhibits on Bermuda's International Business, how it developed and its powerful role in the island's economy.
14) The history and culture of people of African, Portuguese and other origin who immigrated to Bermuda, many of whose descendants are the present Bermudians.
15) Artifacts of household articles depicting the domestic life of Bermudians who lived through the centuries.
16) Bermuda's outstanding contribution to world's heritage including rigs and sloops, marine science breakthroughs, how Bermuda Shorts originated, Bermuda onions, Cassava Pie, and what Bermuda has been probably most well known for - The Bermuda Triangle.
Update June, 2012
National Museum of Bermuda now has a cannon that was excavated from the 'Warwick' shipwreck that sank in 1619 at Castle Harbor. The ship came to unload cargo and passengers, and pick up tobacco from Bermuda.
Bermuda National Museum is free for children under 13. Admission fee for all above 13 are $10 per person. Entry fee for Bermuda senior citizens is $8. The museum becomes completely free for all locals during the months of January & February.
Open daily from 9:30am-5pm (Except on Christmas Day). Last entrance is at 4pm.
Location and Contact
Royal Naval Dockyard complex, Ireland Island, Sandys Parish.
Check out Royal Naval Dockyard map to see the location of the museum.
1) Visit Bermuda Maritime Museum to know about the remaining exhibits & displays of the museum that have been already existing but not covered in this page.
2) Check out Bermuda Museums for museums & historical buildings in Bermuda.
3) Check out Kings Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard) to know about all the attractions and activities in the Dockyard.
4) Check out Bermuda Sightseeing for the top places to visit in Bermuda
5) Check out Sandys Parish to know about other great attractions in the parish.
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