(continued from pg. 26) RICH IN HISTORY Bermuda was discovered in 1503 by the Spanish explorer Juan de Bermúdez. In 1612, an English ship destined for Jamestown, Virginia, was shipwrecked on Bermuda’s shores, which led to the settlement of the island. For more than four centuries, people have called this island their home; and it is rich in history and culture. Learn Bermuda’s full story at the National Museum of Bermuda, located in The Royal Naval Dockyard. The museum is full of treasures that trace the island’s maritime and military history. Visit the Hall of History, which features artwork by local artists like Graham Foster, whose 1,000-square-foot mural brilliantly depicts Bermuda’s history through five centuries. At the opposite end of the island is the historic Town of St. George, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and an outstanding example of the earliest English urban settlement in the New World. Founded in 1612, the town tells the tale of life in Bermuda over the first two centuries, including its role in America’s Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Visitors can spend hours getting lost in the town’s old winding streets and cobblestone alleys and exploring forts and historic homes and churches from the 17th century, including the oldest continuously used Protestant church in the New World, St. Peter’s Church. ART ABOUNDS Bermuda has been calling to artists for hundreds of years. Countless writers, painters and musicians have all put pen to paper and brush to canvas to capture the island’s sights and sounds. The bustling capital is a visual art lover’s dream. Just outside of Hamilton, in the Botanical Gardens, is the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, a multilevel gallery featuring art inspired by Bermuda. The collection features pieces by artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Winslow Homer. At the City Hall & Arts Centre, you will find the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA). Also known as “the people’s gallery,” this warm space is where local artists showcase their work. BSoA’s monthly Friday night show openings are the perfect start to the weekend as you mix and mingle with other art enthusiasts — and perhaps take home some artwork as a memento. The Bermuda National Gallery, also at the City Hall & Arts Centre, is an impressive and welcoming space featuring local and international artists. Its exhibitions, both permanent and rotating, often provide provocative and compelling commentary on Bermudian and island culture. Not all art is in the galleries! The Corporation of Hamilton has commissioned public artwork, so as you explore the city, be on the lookout for murals, artistic poetry and mosaics. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has undergone a massive renovation, including the addition of a world-class collection of contemporary art, with works by Banksy, Liu Ye, Andy Warhol and Nelson Mandela, amongst others. Guided tours are offered weekly. (continued on pg. 33) Be Inspired Make A Difference Reinvigorate your connection to the ocean while swimming with dolphins and supporting vital marine conservation. Learn More 441-234-4464 dolphinquest.com A portion of the proceeds supports vital marine education, conservation and research.