Situated in Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda Maritime Museum is housed by a colossal fortress, The Keep. The museum was established in 1975 during Queen Elizabeth II era. The Bermuda Maritime Museum preserves the wealthy marimtime history of Bermuda along with exhibiting artifacts and other collections.
In December 2009, the Bermuda Maritime Museum was given a new name, The National Museum of Bermuda and many new buildings including solid fortifications were added. The tourists can view the figurine of King Neptune positioned near the entrance area of the parade ground. The statue is known to have sunk in year 1891 but was recovered and refurbished with limestone.
The six main buildings in the museum that are used for exhibiting the collections were originally constructed in 1837-1852. The erudite Queen’s Exhibition Hall provides splendid displays of activities such as piloting and whaling. The tourists can also quench their appetite for knowledge about the sailing boats of Bermuda, cruise ships, flying boats, etc., here. The Forster Cooper Building is situated on the north side of the Keep Pond. This building displays the grand Royal Navy of Bermuda. Here the visitors can acquaint themselves with the history of how Royal Naval Dockyard was created. The tourists can also get themselves familiar with the stories about convict labourers, Royal Navy captains and crew and many such things. The building also preserves some 2000 pieces of antique and exquisite bottles from the island.
The Shell House is another building that is worth exploring if one happens to visit the museum. The Isle of Devils exhibit supplies surplus information to the tourists about the deceitful and impersonating reefs residing in the Bermuda waters and how the island got the name the Isle of Devils. Shifting House, Commissioner's House, The Dolphin Quest are some other attractions of the museum.
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