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Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI)

  • 40 Crow Lane Map It

Updated 07/17/2013

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The 40,000-square-foot Ocean Discovery Centre showcases local contributions to oceanographic research and undersea discovery. Guests can ogle the world-class shell collection amassed by resident Jack Lightbourne (three of the 1,000 species were identified by and named for Lightbourne himself); or visit a gallery honoring native-born archaeologist Teddy Tucker to see booty retrieved from Bermudian shipwrecks. The types of gizmos that made such discoveries possible are also

displayed: including a replica of the bathysphere William Beebe and Otis Barton used in their record-smashing 1934 dive. (Forget the Bermuda Triangle: the real mystery is how they descended ½ a mile in a metal ball less than 5 feet in diameter!) A more modern "submersible," Nautilus-X2, lets wannabe explorers take a simulated seven-minute trip to the ocean floor. Special events, like lectures, glowworm cruises, and whale-watching trips, are available, too, for an added fee. If all that activity makes you hungry, the Harbourfront restaurant is a lovely choice for lunch. Pedestrians may access the facility by following the sidewalk on the water side of Front Street. Motorists must drive out of town on Front Street, round the traffic circle, and exit at the lane signposted for the BUEI, because it's only accessible to in-bound vehicles.

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Address:

40 Crow Lane, off E. Broadway, Hamilton, HM 19, Bermuda

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441-292–7219

Website: www.buei.org

Sight Details:

  • $15
  • Weekdays 9–5, weekends 10–5; last admission at 4

Updated 07/17/2013

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Sep 13, 2005

Must see - a mesmerizing experience

When we first walked into the lobby we were like 'Wow!'. There is a giant squid hanging from the ceiling, a huge map of Bermuda on the floor, floor to ceiling photo-glass by Bermuda's Scott Stallard with a big port hole to walk through to the beginning of the exhibits. This institute was not only informative but fun. There are no live fish or animals but they certainly make up for that in other areas. There was a field trip with school kids and they

all seemed to be really enjoying it. They hardly made any noise because they were so interested in all the videos, interactive touch displays and listening to a very informative tour guide. We were really lucky to meet Jack Lightbourn who donated over 1,000 shells to the shell room. He told us all about the shells - some are a new species that he discovered and had named after him. Perhaps the most exciting part was the simulated dive down 12,000 feet and the shark cage with the great white shark!!! Teddy Tuckers Shipwreck Gallery as fascinating, we didnt realize there were so many shipwrecks in Bermuda. In the treasure room there is the Tucker Cross which Teddy Tucker found on a shipwreck only to be stolen and still lost till this day. I would recommend Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute to any visitor. For the business traveler they have excellent state of the art function rooms with the latest a/v technology. I have even arranged for my company to use the Cable and Wireless room in two months time.

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