Bermuda might be most known for it’s obscure, pink-sand beaches, but there is more to do on the island than lay in the sun. In fact, there are some unique things to do in Bermuda that might even surprise you! We’re calling all art and cultural enthusiasts here, because the art scene in Bermuda is like nowhere else.
Beautiful Bermuda Art Museums and Galleries
There are a few places you have to check out while you’re in Bermuda, especially if you’re looking for some unique things to do. Bermuda art and cultural history is so rich and vibrant, you just can’t miss it.
Located in the Royal Naval Dockyard, the Bermuda Clayworks is a great stop to see master potters at work. Visitors can also purchase handmade pottery pieces created by local potters on-site. The gallery is also known as Jon Faulkner’s Gallery, as he is the mastermind behind the gallery’s beginnings. There are full-time resident artists here as well as international ceramists creations. Perhaps some of the most unique pieces available to purchase are the house designs or handmade house plaques. Tip: You can customize these or ask for a different image on the plaques!
If you’re looking to get your hands busy, you can also visit the “Paint your own Pottery studio.” Visit any day from 9am to 6pm, pick out a pottery item of your choice and paint it yourself!
Founded in 1984 by a local artist collective, the Bermuda Arts Centre is undoubtedly a pillar in the artistic community of Bermuda. The BACD is home to a large print work gallery and hosts a variety of workshops. If you’re lucky, you’ll surely catch a glimpse of one of the many working artists throughout the galleries. Fun fact: the primary resident at the Bermuda Arts Center is a black and white cat known as Little Guy!
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is home to an incredible collection of works by major artists including Georgia O’Keefe, Charles Demuth and Albert Gleizes. Many of the 1,500+ pieces are depictions of the beautiful island in the eyes of the artist, including landscapes, cultural heritage and the warmth of Bermudian people.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. It only costs $5 for general admission, and is free for children under 12 years old. Be sure to check out the Arrowroot Museum Shop and Gallery on your way out, for featured artwork as well as crafts, books, calendars and other gift items.
The largest and most diverse gallery on the island, the Bermuda Society for the Arts is committed to bringing new art to Bermuda. It is the oldest established arts organization on the island, formally known as “Society of Artists in Bermuda.” Formed all the way back in 1952 by 25 art enthusiasts, the Society has grown strong in influence. The exhibitions change every three weeks, so there is always something unique and fresh to see. Don’t forget to grab your pencils because every Tuesday afternoon the museum hosts life drawing workshops.
This might come as a surprise! Known as Bermuda’s favorite coffee shop, Rock Island Coffee is a cool space that’s home to an eclectic mix of art from local artists ranging in style from abstract expressionism to colorful pop art. The best part? You can grab a cup of joe roasted in-house.
Bermuda Culture and Heritage
If you have room in your vacation to get even more in-depth into Bermuda’s culture and rich history, there are museums and attractions that will do just that. Visiting Bermuda isn’t just about the pink-sand beaches. Your friends will be shocked at some of the unique things to do in Bermuda that you got to take part in!
The National Museum of Bermuda is located at the Royal Naval Dockyard and Keep fortress. With over 30,000 exhibits and artifacts to see, the museum spreads across more than ten acres. Go back in time to the early 1600s when settlement here began and experience how Bermuda culture evolved through time.
Opening in 1998, the Bermuda Heritage Museum displays the history of slavery in Bermuda from pre-emancipation to now. The building itself is a historic marvel, as it once housed an order of the Friendly Society, giving a helping hand to slaves after emancipation. Located in the Town of St. George, there are many artifacts and photographs that memorialize events like the 1959 Theatre Boycott, which ended segregation in Bermuda. It is also a stop on the African Diaspora Heritage Trail, which traces Bermuda’s legacy of slavery. The Bermuda Heritage Museum is the island’s only black history museum.
Amongst the many unique things to do and see in Bermuda is the Bermuda Transport Museum. Spend one to two hours here and see all the amazing vintage vehicle exhibits. It’s a personal collection of Paul Martins and is recently relocated in Dockyard. There are more than 50 vintage motorcycles, cars, boats, historic carriages and even a wing sail from Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup.
If you’re not going on a Bermuda vacation in the summer, don’t worry. At the beginning of every year, two months are dedicated to being an international hub for cultural exchange and artistry. Performing artists from around the world head to Bermuda to offer a range of performances. The Bermuda Arts Festival has been an annual event for over four decades with lively concerts, workshop opportunities and performers.
Bermuda Resorts to Stay At
After seeing all of the unique things to do in Bermuda, you’ll want to have a nice place to rest and relax. Luckily, Bermuda is home to some of the best resorts you can rent or own part of with a timeshare.
The Hamiltonian Hotel & Island Club has perfect, picturesque views of the entire chain of Bermuda islands. The resort’s pool overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, so you’ll never miss the beach. Head to the three tennis courts for some exercise, or spend some time sailing or snorkeling. Just a mile away is Front Street, the world-famous shopper’s paradise of Bermuda.
With a private beach, resort pools and tennis courts, St Georges Club is a great choice for your next Bermuda vacation. It sits on the tip of Bermuda and features many amenities, including full kitchens in units, golf, tennis courts, a nearby restaurant and crystal clear pools.