Once the largest fort on the island, this facility was converted into a museum in 1974. Ramparts with mounted guns remind ... More
Bermuda Maritime Museum
Once the largest fort on the island, this facility was converted into a museum in 1974. Ramparts with mounted guns remind visitors of the stronghold's past. Exhibits chronicle the American and British naval traditions of the 18th to early 20th Centuries, as well as the naval influence on Bermuda. The remains of shipwrecks, sloops, frigates and other well-preserved maritime artifacts comprise the permanent displays. Guided tours include lectures about naval legends such as John Paul Jones and Lord Horatio Nelson.
Great place for people interested in history and old forts. Lots to see and learn here. There is a rum cake company wehere you can sample the cakes if you're over 18, and buy them in various sizes. Try the chocolate! The glass blowing shop you can sit and watch them make their creations at no cost, and there's plenty to buy. Dolphin quest is nice. We did not swim with them, but spent a while watching them do tricks with their trainers.
Pirate's landing is right by the ferry and bus stop, but is kind of expensive, average food, and has nothing to do with pirates. Go to the Frog and onion. You can sample 5 local beers and the atmosphere is much better.
The mall is mostly gift shops, so nothing special there. Transportation is great, with Ferries every 30 min and busses every 15min.
With all of those people near this museum, I just couldm't have fun. My kids thought that it was soo boring. I can't believe I thought this place would be entertaining. I do not recomend this place to others.
First, be sure to purchase Heritage Passport, so you can see the Maritime Museum, Aquarium and Zoo, National Gallery, Fort St. Catherine, Underwater Institute, and Verdmont House for one low price.
The best way to get to the Dockyard is to take the ferry from Hamilton so you can get the full view of area. Wear your walking shoes and carry water.
The views from the Museum are magnificent! It is filled with so much history - be sure to allow enough time to see it all. The Dolphin Quest was unreal.
Before you leave the Dockyard - lunch at Freeport Restaurant is a good way to refresh and recharge.
Try catch of the day and a Pina Colada!
The Dockyards were fabulous! So many things to do and see...a museum, a fort, a swim with the dolphins program, shopping and boating! We swam and frolicked with the dolphins. We went atop of the fort and viewed the magnificent archilepego. While turning the corner atop the fort, a herd of wild goats followed us around. We walked through the old fort imagining what it must have felt like in the olden days. The Onion pub's fare was incredible. The meat pie and banana fritter were out of this world! A walk up to Sandy's parish will bring you into another fabulous area but that review is for another time. The Dockyards are a must for anyone travelling to Bermuda.
A great place to visit if you're interested in Bermuda's history or want to see what an 1800s British military installation would look like, but probably not worth the cost for the views alone (though they were among the best of our trip).
Unlike similar museums and/or military parks, you've got almost unlimited freedom of movement throughout the facility - there are tunnels and underground rooms that aren't really exhibits, just old, unimproved caves really that you can roam around, you can climb on the fortifications (though as the outer wall is a cliff, you may want to stay off that), and the artillery shells and cannons aren't tied down (you'll notice quickly they're heavy enough that they don't need to worry about it).
The great views from the museum come at the price of a trip out to the very tip of the island, which could be a decent trip depending on where you start out. As with every other trip in Bermuda, the views make them easy to bear, but it is out there. Also, they've got some free-roaming goats in the museum (not sure why) and they have left very few places in the grass untouched so if you're going to walk around the place I would wear shoes without too much tread that I wouldn't mind getting some goat dung on. (We went in the offseason so maybe during the busy season it's better - I don't know.)
All in all, if you're interested in the island's history or in a good example of fortifications, it's worth the cost. If you're just looking for nice views, there are a bunch of other places on the islands to look.
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