National Museum of Bermuda
Dolphin Quest Bermuda is located inside the majestic National Museum of Bermuda and we are proud to partner with them.
Current exhibitions at the National Museum of Bermuda:
- Shipwreck Island – Sunken Clues to Bermuda’s Past: Find out about Bermuda’s discovery and early settlement through a collection of 16th and 17th century shipwreck artifacts recovered from local waters.
- The Warwick Project – A Window into 17th Century: The Warwick is one of the largest and most coherent sections of early 17th century English ship structures ever found.
- Bermuda’s Defence Heritage – From the Earliest Forts to 20th Century Acts of Heroism: The dynamic history of Bermuda’s fortifications, local military forces and war veterans.
- Hall of History – Bermuda’s Story in Art: Marvel at the 1,000 square foot mural that spans two floors and depicts five centuries of Bermuda’s history by local artist Graham Foster.
- The Playground & Playhouse – Slide, Crawl, Climb, Play, and Learn!: Let adventure and fun reign supreme at the newest additions to the Museum. The whimsical Playground and Playhouse are fun for the entire family.
National Museum of Bermuda facts:
- The 16-acre Museum is a non-government, not-for-profit Bermuda Registered Charity that explores, shares, researches, safeguards, and promotes Bermuda’s cultural heritage
- The Museum includes the fortress Keep of the Royal Naval Dockyard, Casemates Barracks, and the massive Northwest Rampart
- In all, the Museum features eight exhibit buildings and the most extensive historical collection on the island, including the hilltop Commissioner’s house
- As a direct result of the independence of the English American colonies in 1783, Bermuda was identified as a strategic location for a naval base and dockyard
- Dockyard’s construction began in 1809 and continued into the earth 20th century
- It involved large land reclamations and quarrying by the initial labor of slaves and then by the efforts of thousands of British convicts
- In its heyday, Dockyard provided facilities for the Royal Navy’s fleet of ships, supported a thriving naval and civilian community and provided training in skilled trades for Bermudians
- The Keep was the citadel of the Dockyard, built to guard the naval base against land or sea attack and as an arsenal
- The massive bastions and ramparts were designed by the Royal Engineers and reinforces at intervals by casemated gun emplacements
- Casemates was built in the late 1830’s to house troops manning the Dockyard fortifications
- After Dockyard closed in 1951 it became Bermuda’s maximum-security prison from 1963-1994
- It is currently undergoing extensive restoration by the Museum and volunteers
- The Museum’s scope has expanded to encompass more than maritime history and today it is a vital custodian of Bermuda’s heritage
- It is also a champion for the preservation of Bermuda’s underwater and land-based cultural heritage through collecting, exhibitions, restoration, conservation, research, publication, education, public outreach, and archaeology
- The Museum’s operations are its full range of projects and programs are funded by generous private and corporate donations, in addition to income from admissions, memberships, and facilities rental
Visit the National Museum of Bermuda:
- Weekday hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Weekend and public holiday hours are 9:30am-5:00pm
- Open every day except Christmas Day – but Dolphin Quest is open!
- Admission fees are waived for all Dolphin Quest encounter participants
- General admission fees:
- Adults = $15
- Seniors (over 65) = $12
- Under 16 = FREE (must be accompanied by an adult)
- Members = FREE (with membership card)
- School groups = FREE (must book in advance)