We rounded up six of the most photogenic sights, as well as a hit list of some must-visits while you’re in town.
Whether you’re an artist or just an admirer, now that you’ve booked your flights to Bermuda, it’s time to get packing and jet set to Bermuda’s art scene.
The beauty of Bermuda’s art scene is that you can take it in at a gallery or museum or witness it while strolling the streets, enjoying the pastel-hued buildings and the attention-grabbing murals around Hamilton.
Start your art exploration on Church Street, where you’ll find “Postcard” by Victor Ving (photo on the left), which pays tribute to vintage Bermuda postcards. Within each of the massive block letters that spell “BERMUDA” are island icons, including Tobacco Bay, Bermudian architecture, a moon gate and Bermuda’s national bird, the Longtail. On Chancery Lane, off Front Street, sits a stairway (photo on the right) to a narrow avenue filled with restaurants and shops featuring poetry on the face of each step. After dark, when whimsical hanging lights shine bright above it, Chancery Lane is particularly captivating.
This is only the beginning – stroll through our capital to see more vibrant art and be ready to snap tons of photos.
Situated in the City Hall & Arts Centre, the Bermuda National Gallery houses a historical and contemporary art collection, reflecting the islands evolving demographic. Artworks in their permanent collection include Bermudian, European (Gainsborough, Reynolds, Wilson), traditional West African, American Impressionism and photography. Be sure to stop by the sculpture park in Queen Elizabeth Park behind the Bermuda museum. And, if you want a tour of the gallery and current exhibitions – they can be organized free of charge for any sized group.
Admission fees: $5 for adults
Seniors, Students: Free
Here, get inspired by Masterwork’s growing art collection, which includes over 1,500 works of art by well-known artists from America, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and others – alongside pieces from Bermudian artists. Consisting of renowned artists including Winslow Homer and Albert Gleizes, the museum hosts also exhibits of contemporary local artists. The core collection consists of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and objects relating to Bermuda’s history and culture. At the end, save time to peek into their gift shop, which has excellent locally made gifts, arts and crafts, or holiday keepsakes.
Admission fee: $10
Children 12 and under: free
The Hamilton Princess showcases the remarkable art collection of Bermuda’s Green family, including pieces from some of the great names of modern art: Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and René Magritte. The hotel could quite easily be mistaken for a gallery; there’s art at every turn, even outside, with colorful mural collections on display.
If you find yourself in the West End, drop by the National Museum of Bermuda. This culture showplace allows you to explore more than 500 years of Bermuda’s history, from the settling of the island to its importance as a hub of shipping, sailing and boatmaking. Boasting an extensive collection of antiques and historical artifacts, you’ll find gold bars, jewelry and more recovered from centuries-old shipwrecks by scuba diving archaeologists! There’s something for everyone at this museum – interesting treasures to see for the adults and a Museum Playground and Playhouse for the kiddos.
This museum also holds one of the island’s most impressive works: “The Hall of History,” a 1,000-square-foot, two-story mural telling the story of our island. Bermudian artist Graham Foster spent more than 7,000 hours painting this spectacular piece.
Admission fees: $15 for adults
Children under 16: Free
While in Dockyard, stop by the Jon Faulkner Gallery, where you can buy high-quality ceramic gifts such as mugs, vases, house signs and other gift-worthy items made by master potter Jon Faulkner. This gallery is a must-stop if you’re looking for unique ‘Made in Bermuda’ work. And, most days, he’s available on-site to sign his pieces if desired.