The Bermuda National Gallery is the ideal introduction to the visual arts and culture in Bermuda. It is the home of the national art collection, showing both Bermuda and world art and is at the centre of the island’s thriving arts scene.
The museum has a diverse collection and exhibition programme of past and present works by local and international artists that tells Bermuda’s history through its fine and decorative arts as well as reflecting Bermuda’s varied multicultural heritage.
The museum opened in 1992 with a core collection works by European masters c.1500 – 1850 including Gainsborough, Reynolds and Murillo donated by Hereward Watlington.
In addition to the Watlington Collection, other permanent collections include the African Collection (African figures, masks and royal regalia), the Contemporary Collection of 20th century work, the Photography Collection (a selection of black and white photographs by Bermudian international photojournalist Richard Saunders) and the Print Collection (which includes Hale Woodruff linocuts depicting powerful images of African-American life).
Throughout the year the gallery hosts an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions. In even years it is the venue for the Bacardi Limited Biennial, a juried exhibition of contemporary art.
The gallery is open 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays and from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays and national holidays.
A $5 admission charge was introduced in January 2015. Free guided tours are offered every Thursday commencing at 10.30 am.
The Bermuda National Gallery boasts one of the most active events programmes on the island. There are free lunchtime lectures every Wednesday (12.30 to 1.30 pm) and evening lectures by visiting art historians, curators etc. Check the calendar of the official website for the latest listings and ticket information.
The gallery is situated on the second floor of the City Hall, on Church Street in the centre of Hamilton. If you are arriving by bus just exit the Central Terminal and turn right. Visitors arriving by ferry should leave Hamilton Ferry Terminal and walk up Queen Street until they reach Church Street. There are numerous parking spaces for mopeds in the immediate vicinity.