Bermuda Maritime Museum, Sandys
Royal Naval Dockyard
Tel: 441 234 1418
Concierge.com's insider take:
Not just for nautical buffs and history majors, the Maritime Museum is a fascinating (honest!) collection of exhibits dedicated to Bermuda's social, nautical, and military history. One of the most popular attractions on the island, it is made up of eight buildings on six acres of the Royal Naval Dockyard. The Commissioner's House atop the citadel is the world's first cast-iron building (built in the 1820s) and displays maps from the 16th to the 19th centuries, maritime art collections, and a room dedicated to Bermuda's role in the slave trade (seeing actual chains used to bind slaves for transport is especially haunting). The Keep Pond, once used for ammunition transportation, is the home of Dolphin Quest, a research and educational facility where guests can swim with the smiley mammals. Those not interested in getting wet can observe the theatrics from the sidelines (15 Maritime Lane; 441-234-4464; www.dolphinquest.org).