This weekend, take a trip to the West End and dive deep into Bermuda’s culture and storied past. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn more about their island home in fun, energetic and lively environments.
Glass Blowing Studio
This unique studio stocks a curious sort of artifact – hand blown glass ornaments made on site! This ancient art has been well adapted in Bermuda, and half the fun is watching the skilled artisans making ornaments right in front of you. Behind protective screens, artists blow glass at high temperatures into wondrous shapes and blend colours that look like hard candy.
You can find a huge array of fine-pointed glass wares, from whistling frogs to glass bowls and jewelery. Each piece is a little different from the others because they are made by hand.
In addition to the glass artifacts on display, the shop is also home to the Bermuda Rum Cake Company. You can watch the bakers using Bermuda Black Seal Rum to flavour the tasty cakes, and taste some of the samples offered.
It’s open from 9am-5pm every day and free to enter, but you’ll surely be tempted to spend something inside by the delicious and beautiful wares on display!
Bermuda Transport Museum
Having reopened last year in Dockyard, the Bermuda Transport Museum is a treasure trove of transportation artifacts from Bermuda’s past. Collector Paul Martins and business partner Luciano “Channel” Aicardi own the museum.
In keeping with Bermudian interests, the museum currently displays various restored motorcycles, including Mobylettes and Zundapps. In addition to the bikes, various vintage carriages and cars are on display, as well as a huge foiling sail from Oracle Team USA’s boat that they used this America’s Cup.
Martins is a transportation enthusiast with big plans for the museum, hoping to eventually install a workshop within the building where visitors can watch restorations in process, as well as a kids area and a boat showroom, focusing on Seagull engines.
In the winter, you can visit the museum from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, for just $5 admission.
See Graham Foster’s Mural
On November 25, 2009, Queen Elizabeth opened the Hall of History at Commissioner’s House (National Museum of Bermuda). The impressive mural is the masterwork of local artist Graham Foster that depicts 400 years of island history. How large a canvas does an artist need to paint 500 years of history? One thousand square feet, to be exact. It took Foster 7,000 hours of research and painting to complete the two-story mural. Foster says “It was the chance of one in a million for an artist,” and it is a rare opportunity to enjoy a magnificent piece of local art and history all rolled into one.