Fodor's Expert Review Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI)

Hamilton and The Central Parishes Museum/Gallery

The 40,000-square-foot Ocean Discovery Centre showcases local contributions to oceanographic research and undersea discovery. Highlights include the world-class shell collection amassed by resident Jack Lightbourn (three of the 1,000 species were identified by and named for Lightbourn himself) and a gallery honoring native-born archaeologist Teddy Tucker featuring booty retrieved from Bermudian shipwrecks. The equipment 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 a half 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. The on-site Harbourfront restaurant is a lovely... READ MORE

The 40,000-square-foot Ocean Discovery Centre showcases local contributions to oceanographic research and undersea discovery. Highlights include the world-class shell collection amassed by resident Jack Lightbourn (three of the 1,000 species were identified by and named for Lightbourn himself) and a gallery honoring native-born archaeologist Teddy Tucker featuring booty retrieved from Bermudian shipwrecks. The equipment 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 a half 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. The on-site 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 inbound vehicles.

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Quick Facts

40 Crow La.
Hamilton, Hamilton Parish  HM 19, Bermuda

441-292–7219

www.buei.bm

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Rate Includes: $15

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