Bermuda’s history is tied to the sea, from those first settlers accidentally landing on our shores to our continued dependence on ships today. Here are a few places you can take the kids to learn about Bermuda’s maritime history.

Shipwreck Island: Sunken Clues to Bermuda’s Past at the NMB

Located inside the Queen’s Exhibition Hall, the Shipwreck Island exhibit presents the opportunity to learn about Bermuda’s discovery, early settlement, and history as told through a collection of 16th and 17th century shipwreck artefacts recovered from local waters. The exhibit also explores life aboard ship, the people who discovered Bermuda’s earliest shipwrecks, underwater archaeology, and the importance of protecting our underwater cultural heritage for future generations.
Call the National Museum of Bermuda for more information on 234-1418.

The Shipwreck Gallery at BUEI

Bermuda is the shipwreck capital of the world, with over 300 ships having crashed into our dangerous reefs. Bermuda’s shipwrecks tell us a lot about our island’s national identity, which was and still is fundamentally ship based. The marine artefacts on display include shipwreck treasures found by Bermuda diver Teddy Tucker, medicinal ampoules recovered from Constellation, the island’s most famous wreck, and more.
Call the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute for more information on 292-7219.

Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse

This famous landmark has been a beacon of light – literally – to seafaring men for 177 years. The Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse first flashed its beam by using kerosene to warn ships of the dangerous reefs surrounding Bermuda, but now it uses electricity. Visitors can climb the 117-foot-tall structure via 185 steps for a magnificent view at the top, or simply enjoy the grounds at the lighthouse base, which still offer stunning panoramic views.
Call 238-8069 for more information.

Carter House

Bermuda’s oldest farmhouse, Carter House, has survived over three centuries and today offers a glimpse into Bermuda’s maritime history and culture. Here you’ll find exhibits featuring whaling, piloting, fishing, boat building, and sailing. The building is named after Christopher Carter, a Sea Venture wreck survivor, whose granddaughter lived there until she died. Carter House overlooks the most accessible harbour of the 1600s.
For more information call 293 5960.

Virtual: The Ocean They Inhabit exhibition at the BNG

Literally surrounded by ocean, Bermuda shares its maritime history with giants. That is, Bermudians look forward to the annual visits of the migrating Humpback Whales on their way north to their feeding grounds. Bermuda-based marine researcher, photographer and filmmaker Andrew Stevenson captured these photographs over a two-day encounter with the same pair of whales. This exhibition displays their beauty and grace while reminding us of our responsibility to protect both the whales and the oceans they inhabit. Although the exhibition closed end of September, artwork and information can be viewed here.
Call the Bermuda National Gallery for more information on 295-9428.