The Bermuda National Trust Museum is housed in one of Bermuda’s oldest stone buildings. Built around 1700 by Governor Samuel Day it was originally used as his residence. At some point in the mid-19th century it was the site of the Globe Hotel.
During the American Civil War it served as headquarters to Confederate agents. Bermuda was a staging post for cotton shipments to England from Confederate ports such as Wilmington, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina. Speedy steamships would run the Union blockades and unload their cargo in Bermuda. Here it would be transferred to ships heading for England in exchange for materials needed in the South. A permanent exhibition at the museum, Rogues and Runners: Bermuda and the American Civil War, illustrates the role that Bermuda played in the conflict.
Visitors can also watch a video presentation that gives an overview of the history of Bermuda and purchase souvenirs at the Trustworthy gift shop.
The Bermuda National Trust Museum is situated on York Street in the centre of St George. It’s easy to reach by bus and ferry. Buses to St George can be caught from the Central Terminal in Hamilton. Routes 1, 3, 10, and 11 go to St George. In the summer a seasonal ferry service (orange route) runs between Hamilton, Royal Naval Dockyard, and St George.
Entrance to the museum costs $5 for adults ($2 for those aged 6 – 18, free for 5 and under). The Bermuda National Trust offers a combination ticket for $10 that allows entrance to the Bermuda National Trust Museum, plus the Tucker House Museum and the Verdmont Museum.
In the summer the museum is open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. In the winter its open Wednesday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Other attractions to visit in St George include the Bermuda Perfumery, the Deliverance, the Old Rectory, State House, St Peter’s Church, the Tucker House Museum, the World Heritage Centre, and the Unfinished Church. All are within easy walking distance of the Bermuda National Trust Museum.
For more information about things to do in St George pop into the St George’s Visitor Information Centre on King’s Square.