Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

In the late nineteenth century tourism began to play a major role in Bermuda’s economy. Many of its earliest visitors were artists seeking to escape the bleak East Coast winters. Inspired and revitalised by the island’s beauty, they created some of their best works here.

On returning home, their art generally went with them. By the end of the twentieth century their works were scattered around the globe and unseen by locals and recent visitors. In 1987 Tom Butterfield founded the Masterworks Foundation. One of its key objectives was to repatriate this art and place it on permanent display in Bermuda.

The dream came to fruition in 2008 with the opening of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. Since inception the collection has grown rapidly and now comprises over 1,200 pieces of Bermuda inspired art.

Four galleries are home to works by famous artists such as Wilmslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, and Henry Moore. Regular rotation and exhibitions by visiting artists ensure return visits are always worthwhile.

The gallery is situated within the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, a beautiful public park in Paget Parish. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4.30 pm. Admission is $5 (free for children under 12).

The Botanical Gardens is on three bus routes (1, 2 and 7). The museum is clearly signposted from all entrances. Free parking is available for scooters and cars.

The Arrowroot Gift Shop sells original local art, prints, books, books, postcards, and more. Homer’s Café offers breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads. Prices are reasonable and patrons also receive a voucher giving a $2 discount on the gallery entrance fee.

In 2012 the foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary. As part of the celebrations a sculpture in memory of John Lennon was placed in the grounds. The Beatles legend visited the island in 1980 and wrote the Double Fantasy album here. It was named after a species of freesia he noted while walking in the Botanical Gardens. The steel Tribute Sculpture is the work of Bermudian artist Graham Foster. It stands 9 foot high and features Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitar, freesias, and doves.

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Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art include:

  • Harbourfront Restaurant (0.6 miles) - Restaurant at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Offers a sushi and tempura bar. Stunning views of Hamilton Harbour.
  • Ice Queen (0.9 miles) - Takeaway in Paget Parish. Offers burgers, chicken wings and nuggets, fries etc. Open late.
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Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

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Botanical Gardens
Paget Parish
Bermuda

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  1. The Botanical Gardens sustained severe damage during Hurricane Gonzalo and are expected to remain closed for up to 3 months while debris is cleared. Masterworks escaped serious damage and will reopen on Monday 27 October 2014.

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  2. This is a good gallery that can be combined with a trip to the gardens. I thought the gift shop was the best place on the island to buy souvenirs. They were better quality than what I saw at the Dockyard or in Hamilton.

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  3. Masterworks was one of the highlights of our trip this year. We’ve been to Bermuda and the Botanical Gardens several times but never quite made it here. I was very impressed with the diverse collection of works on display.

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