Landmarks in Hamilton

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A major port, financial center, tourist destination, and the capital city of the island, Hamilton is the most prominent town on the island of Bermuda.  Indeed, many of the most important attractions that speak to the country's history and culture are located here, as are some landmarks with a little more whimsy for those who like to mix it up.

Museums

Bermuda Historical Society Museum

Assuming you like to become more aware of unfamiliar places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum during your time in Hamilton. Click on the each name to read full details.

A common landmark for vacationers is Bermuda National Gallery. It is located within downtown Hamilton. Watlington Collection The Watlington Collection is the core permanent exhibit, and features some of the European masters from between 1500 and 1850. These include Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Murillo.

Another landmark worth visiting is Bermuda Historical Society Museum. It is located in downtown Hamilton. One cannot discuss the history of Bermuda without making mention of the men who sailed the seas surrounding the island. At the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, guests will find displays of ceramics imported by early sea captains, artifacts that once belonged to Sir George Somers who was stranded on Bermuda's reefs in his ship the Sea Venture in 1609, and more.

Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art: The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.

The table right below lists more information on museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Hamilton
Name Phone Location
Bermuda Historical Society Museum (441) 295-2487 Downtown Hamilton
Bermuda Maritime Museum (441) 234-1333 Ireland Island North, 3.3 mi. Northwest of Central Hamilton
Bermuda National Gallery (441) 295-9428 Downtown Hamilton
Carter House (441) 293-1642 8.2 mi. Northeast of Central Hamilton
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art (441) 299-4000 Camden, 1.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Hamilton
Tucker House Museum (441) 297-0545 8.4 mi. Northeast of Central Hamilton
Verdmont (441) 236-7369 Smith's Parish, 2.9 mi. East of Central Hamilton
World Heritage Centre (441) 297-5791 St. George, 8.5 mi. Northeast of Central Hamilton

Historical Sites

Waterville House

Do you enjoy learning some of the historical roots of places you visit? If that's the case, you should consider visiting some of these historical attractions during your time in Hamilton.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Waterville House. It is located in eastern Hamilton. A tour of the Waterville House is great for tourists interested in life on Bermuda for early settlers. The two main rooms of the house are furnished with relics donated to the museum by the Tringham family, and what is not original has been replicated to make the home appear as it was during the 19th century.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Fort Hamilton. It is located in Hamilton. The Fort is open to the public from 9:30am to 5:00pm everyday.

Sessions House: The second official House of Assembly, it is also the current. Built in 1826 due to the the capital being changed to Hamilton, the Session House has since then been the seat of the government of Bermuda.

Check out the following chart to see historic sites in and around Hamilton.

Historic Sites In and Around Hamilton
Name Phone Location
Commissioner's House -- Ireland Island North, 3.3 mi. Northwest of Central Hamilton
Ferry Island Fort -- Ferry Island, 6.2 mi. Northeast of Central Hamilton
Fort Hamilton (441) 292-1234 0.4 mi. East of Downtown Hamilton
Fort Prospect -- Devonshire Parish, 1.4 mi. East of Central Hamilton
Fort Scaur (441) 236-5902 4.9 mi. West of Central Hamilton
Old Devonshire Church (441) 236-3671 Devonshire Parish, 1.9 mi. East of Central Hamilton
Portuguese Rock -- 3.8 mi. East of Central Hamilton
Sessions House (441) 292-7408 Downtown Hamilton
Waterville House (441) 236-6483 0.8 mi. East of Downtown Hamilton
Whale Bay Fort -- 5.7 mi. South West of Central Hamilton

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Vacationers may enjoy some other intriguing landmarks close to Hamilton.

If the functional aspects of maritime life interest you, you should think about visiting Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. As the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the world, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse is an attraction worthy of your time. Whether you climb to the top to catch a view of the seaside or you stop in to the gift shop for a little history on the lighthouse, you are sure to learn a lot about the important role the lighthouse has played in the sailing history of Bermuda.

Another landmark worth visiting is The Perfumery. It is located in St. George, 8.7 mi. Northeast of central Hamilton. The Perfumery is open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and they are closed on Sundays.

The table directly below offers more details regarding other kinds of sites of interest to vacationers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Hamilton
Name Type Location
Dockyard Playground Children's Attraction Ireland Island North, 3.4 mi. Northwest of Central Hamilton
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.1 mi. South West of Central Hamilton
The Perfumery Facility Viewing St. George, 8.7 mi. Northeast of Central Hamilton

Bear in mind that you can find plenty of other attraction types available too. Those wanting to learn more about other attractions by clicking on this link.

 

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