Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ)
Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, also known as the BAMZ in short, is located in the picturesque Flatts Village in Hamilton parish. BAMZ was founded in 1926.
It offers 3 different attractions within the same complex - the Aquarium, the Museum and a Zoo. You need to budget 2 to 3 hours to explore the whole of BAMZ.
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The Aquarium is the primary attraction at the BAMZ and is the first section after entry. Here you will explore the many tanks showing Bermuda’s underwater ecosystem.
The main centerpiece here is the 140,000-gallon North Rock Tank. It has one of the largest live coral collections in the world. Although the collection can change over time, you can expect to see the following types of corals here:
Brain corals that have large, rounded, and dome-shaped appearance,
Sea fans that are known for their delicate, fan-like structures,
Staghorn Corals that have branching structures,
Elkhorn Corals that have large, flattened branches,
Lettuce Coral that are plate like corals,
Pillar Corals that have thick, upright, cylindrical branches,
Various types of soft corals.
You can find a variety of local tropical fish in the North Rock Tank including purple sea fans, barracuda, cow nose rays, rainbow parrot fish, porcupine fish, nurse sharks, etc. And of course there are schools of pompano and horse jacks as well.
If you are lucky, you can witness the aquarists diving into the North Rock Tank, swimming with the fish and feeding them... an excellent sight. Usually the North Rock Dive & Feed takes place everyday at 1:45pm, however, the timings might change.
North Rock Tank, Bermuda Aquarium
The Aquarium as a whole features over 200 species of marine creatures and fish from both shallow waters to deep ocean. Other than the ones already mentioned, you can also see tiger fish, moray eels, jacks, groupers, crabs, spiny lobsters, and a lot more.
You can even stick your head into a giant Plexiglas bubble and experience the sensation of diving into a coral cave.
Green Moray Eel at Bermuda Aquarium
There is an outdoor pool housing harbor seals. Feeding times for these seals are at 9:30am, 1:30pm and 4pm daily. A brief presentation is given about the marine mammals following the feedings. You can also ask questions about the animals.
Lionfish at Bermuda Aquarium
The Aquarium also has some rescued green turtles housed in an outdoor pool near the main entrance. Green turtles are endangered species worldwide.
The Green Sea Turtle feeding takes place everyday usually at 10am. You can talk to the Aquarists who feed the turtles and get a lot of information about these creatures.
Seahorse at Bermuda Aquarium
For a hands-on experience, BAMZ Aquarium provides Touch Pools where you can interact with gentle creatures like sea stars, hermit crabs, molluscs, sponges and sea cucumbers. It's an excellent opportunity for children and adults alike to get up close and personal with marine life.
BAMZ is committed to education and conservation. The aquarium offers informative programs and presentations, making it a fantastic place to learn about marine biology, conservation efforts, and the importance of protecting Bermuda's delicate ecosystems.
If you're looking for a more intimate encounter with the marine world, consider taking one of the following special tours offered by BAMZ (some of which are seasonal):
North Rock Snorkel Adventure
Harrington Sound Coastal Cruise
Whale Watching Tours
Find details of the above tours and book online through https://bamz.resqwest.com/web/
The Museum in BAMZ has recently undergone some major facelift. Earlier the museum used to be the least visited section in the complex and was kind of a let down after the tour of the Aquarium.
But now it has a lot more interesting exhibits around life in Bermuda, from the recent to very distant past. The museum in BAMZ has two sections:
The first section shows the natural history of Bermuda before any human beings arrived. It explores the origins and various natural habitats like rocky shore, beach, fresh water pond and forests.
Natural History Museum, BAMZ
There is a multimedia presentation showing creation of the island. There is also a ‘peeping cave’ where visitors can learn about the island’s cave formations and the creatures that live within them.
The second section in the museum shows the impact of humans and different species of wildlife on Bermuda’s ecology; the way it has gone through changes and how it has been now conserved.
Overall this Natural History Museum traces the geological formations and ecological development of Bermuda. It also showcases the migration of humpback whales, pelagic fishes, birds and turtles.
The Zoo in BAMZ is quite small. However, the authorities here have done a very nice job of setting up a natural environment for the animals.
Some of the interesting animal exhibits in the BAMZ Zoo include the following:
Islands of the Caribbean
This exhibit in BAMZ Zoo opened in 2002. The objective of this exhibit is to show how the wildlife has migrated from the Caribbean and South America to Bermuda over the years. There is a wire-mesh cage covering a large area and a walkway through the cage.
This allows the visitors to interact closely with the creatures inside. The creatures include Brazilian acouchi, golden lion tamarin, the scarlet ibis, rosette spoonbill, Cayman blue iguana etc.
Golden Lion Tamarin at BAMZ
Islands of Australasia
In this section of BAMZ Zoo, you can find a lot of creatures of Australasian and Asian species. These include wallabies, tree kangaroos, bats and tree shrews.
Islands of Madagascar
You can see ring tailed lemurs here imported from Madagascar.
This is a great place in the BAMZ Zoo for kids and adults alike. One can really interact with the nature. There’s a touch pool with mollusks, sponges, small lobsters, sea urchins, sea stars, sea cucumbers, conch etc.
The kids can gently touch them, and know about Bermuda's unique marine creatures.
There is also a table-top tank in the Long Tails section full of corals and juvenile fish, a glass-enclosed beehive plus plenty of other interesting features.
For kids of age between 2 to 4, on every Friday, there are some special activities that take place in the Discovery Room at 11:30am (except in July and August).
These include stories, songs and guest appearances by animals. Kids can dress up like animals and birds.
Other exhibits at the Zoo
There is also a reptile exhibit in BAMZ Zoo. One of the highlights here is the Oscar the alligator. There are also a couple of Galapagose tortoises in a large open area near the Caribbean Exhibits.
The first Galapagose tortoises were gifted to BAMZ by an American businessman and a frequent visitor Vincent Astor
in 1930s. Since then they have been breeding here.
Tortoise at BAMZ Zoo
You can also see birds from South America such as macaws and parrots. You can also see large flock of Caribbean flamingos in BAMZ Zoo that are breeding here since 1950s.
The zoo overall has more than 300 birds, mammals and reptiles that have been collected from various islands around the world including Australasia, Madagascar and the Caribbean, other than from Bermuda itself.
Flamingos at BAMZ
Other facilities at BAMZ
There is a gift and souvenir shop inside the complex called BZS Gift Shop selling various items like kids toys (stuffed and plastic make), musical CDs, books on Bermuda, art & craft work, etc.
There is also a cafe Buzz Beastro at BAMZ. It has wonderful view of Harrington Sound water area and Trunk Island.
There are alfresco seating on veranda with roof cover and even outside under umbrellas. If you're lucky, you might be able to see a peacock nearby.
The cafe serves shakes, smoothies, sodas, locally roasted and freshly brewed coffee etc among beverages.
In food the menu includes burrito or quinoa bowls, burgers, chicken wings, fish sandwich, grilled chicken, jerk chicken, French fries etc. They also serve meals including kids' meals.
Cafe Phone: +1 441-542-9233, ext. 320.
Combined Tour: Crystal Cave, Aquarium and Hamilton
Below is a popular tour of 5 hours where you will be taken in a coach/bus from the dockyard to three great destinations in Bermuda.
A ferry ticket is included in the tour for you to return to the dockyard cruise port.
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BAMZ Open Hours
It's open daily from 9am-5pm. Last admission is at 4pm.
The gift shop is open from 11am to 4pm (Tuesday through Sunday).
BAMZ is closed on Christmas Day.
Seal Feeding Timings: 9:00am, 1:30pm and 4:00pm daily.
The cafe is open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
You can enjoy all the three attractions at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ) for a ticket price of $10 per adult. For children between 5-12 years and Senior Citizens of Bermuda, the entry fee is $5. Children below 5 are free.
Advance booking not required. BAMZ facility is wheelchair accessible.
Location, Contacts, How to Reach
40 North Shore Road, Flatts Village
, Hamilton Parish. Phone: 441/293-2727
You can get to BAMZ by bus #10 or #11 (operating between Hamilton City and St George). From Hamilton it takes about 20 minutes by bus and from St. Georges about 35 minutes.
If you are coming from Kings Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard), take a direct ferry to Hamilton (20 minutes), walk down to Central Bus Terminal on Washington Street (6-7 minutes) and then take the bus.
The bus stops right in front of BAMZ. There is also a parking available opposite to the BAMZ complex.
Transport fare to reach BAMZ
From dockyard up to Hamilton City, the fare is $4.50 by token and $5.00 by cash in both bus and ferry. From Hamilton, the bus fare up to BAMZ is $4.50 by token and $5.00 by cash.
However, if you come to Hamilton by bus and then take the next bus transfer for BAMZ, then no additional fare is required for the second part of the travel.
You can also use tickets in both ferry and bus for both legs of the journey (from pack of 15, the pack costs $37.50).
Nearby Attractions & Eateries
You can visit the quaint little Flatts Village when here. It is a picturesque little place amidst nature and has its own boat harbor.
The famous Crystal and Fantasy Caves Complex is also a short distance away... you can take bus #10 or 11 and get off at the bus stop near Blue Hole Hill circle, it's a short walk from there.
Many tourists plan to visit both the Aquarium and Caves on the same day. If you like to know how to best cover both these places together, check out Visiting Aquarium and Caves.
The wonderful family beach Shelly Bay is also a walking distance away (or a short bus ride)... its shallow water is great for swimming.
The Verdmont Museum ... a building with an architecture which is more than 300 years old and has a haunted story, is only 1.3 miles away.
The nearby restaurant Rustico specializes in Italian cuisine. This is a good outlet for a nice meal and good ambience with both indoor and outdoor seating options (38 North Shore Road).
Four Star restaurant in Flatts village is another option nearby. They specialize in pizza and do hotel deliveries too. Apart from pizza, you can also try their Indian menu of the crispy chicken wings (6 North Shore Road, Phone: +1 441-292-9111).
If you are not up for lunch and are looking for a brunch outlet, you can try the nearby Village Pantry (8 North Shore Road, 441-478-2300). This place is also wheelchair accessible.
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Visitors' Reviews and Comments
Angela Calabrese (October 2018)
We are cruising to Bermuda and interested in the shore excursion to the aquariun and zoo. How will we be getting from the Disney cruise ship to the zoo? Is it by ferry? The cruise people didn't know. Thank you for your help.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) October 2018
Hi, it depends on how the cruise ship arranges the transport. By public transports the easiest way is to take a ferry from the dockyard to Hamilton (20 minutes) and then a bus (#10 or 11) to Aquarium (another 20 minutes). Cruise ship may organize a van or a minibus depending on the group size and go all the way by road.
Linda Lichtman (April 2013)
I would like to figure out how to get back from Bamz by taxi to Hamilton to catch Ferry back to dockyard in June.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com, April 2013)
Hi, There is no taxi stand at the Bamz. So unless you book one by the hour and keep it waiting, or see one dropping off another visitor, you won't get a taxi back from Bamz. The best is to take a bus (#10 or 11). It takes only 20 minutes to reach Hamilton (compared to 15 minutes by taxi). From there walk down to the Ferry Terminal at Front Street and take the direct Blue Route ferry back to the Dockyard (another 20 minutes).