Surrounded by the sea, it’s not surprising that the Caribbean’s history is hugely nautical in nature. Here is a sampling of six maritime museums that are definitely worth a visit.
The National Museum of Bermuda
View over 75,000 objects in this museum, which was established by the Bermuda National Trust in 1974 as the Bermuda Maritime Museum. It is housed on the 15-acre grounds of the island’s largest fort, Keep Fort. “There are historic documents, photographs, plans and maps, art, small watercraft, a large cannon, and relics spanning over four centuries. Even the historic military buildings that house the museum are part of the collection,” says curator Elena Strong. The Bermuda Race Room features an exhibit that shows how the ‘Ocean Race’ (Bermudians’ term for amateur sailors racing to the island from North America) helped shape seaworthy boats and popularized blue-water sailing. The newest collection, Shipwreck Island: Sunken Clues to Bermuda’s Past, features a collection of 16th and 17th century shipwreck artifacts recovered from local waters. These include New World indigenous weapons, intact olive jars, silver coins, colonial pottery and rare navigation and ship tools. Location: Keep Fort, Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda’s West End. www.bmm.bm