Swim with the dolphins at the Maritime Museum
Make your next event an occasion to remember at the Bermuda Maritime
Museum in the old Royal Naval Dockyard
Bermuda Maritime Museum
offers dramatic venues steeped in history and elegance. Expansive
outdoor parade grounds, naval ammunition storehouses, and the magnificent
Commissioner’s House provide you with an array of entertaining
and meeting options for your unique function. Your rental of the
museum also significantly helps to support our broad range of non-profit
heritage projects and programmes.
To tour or reserve a venue, or to obtain further information,
Cher or Kathy, Planning Factory Bermuda
PDF Terms and Conditions
Imagine your event at the beautifully-restored Commissioner’s
House, one of Bermuda’s most important landmarks and the world’s
first cast-iron building. Sitting high inside the Keep, the three-storey
30,000 square-foot House features grand staircases, mahogany crown
mouldings and french doors throughout a fascinating backdrop of
museum exhibits and special collections. Enjoy intimate indoor/outdoor
entertaining and dining inside attractive exhibit rooms, classically
furnished dining rooms, or on two levels of deep, wrapping verandahs
boasting breathtaking views of Bermuda. Commissioner’s House
can be rented as a whole or dining/meeting rooms can be rented individually.
Commissioner’s House dedicated catering by the Little
Venice Group (MEF Ltd.).
Venice Group information or bookings please contact:
Tim Ritchie, Catering Manager
Complete House maximum capacity
• Cocktails 1,000+
• Indoor dining in various rooms 200
• Outdoor dining on the verandah or lawn 300
RENTAL CHARGES FOR 2011
Complete House rental
• Day $2,500 ($1000 deposit required)
• Evening $3,000 ($1000 deposit required)
Daytime rental of one dining/meeting room
• Commissioner’s Room: maximum seated 36, $1000
• ACE Room: maximum seated 12, $700
• HMS Malabar Room: maximum seated 12, $700
• US Navy Room: maximum seated 16, $700
• 4 unisex, 3 women’s, 3 men’s toilets
• Wheelchair access
• Adjustable lighting
• Driveway to front steps
• Parking on Upper Grounds
Queen’s Exhibition Hall
Once a magazine for storing kegs of gunpowder, Queen’s Exhibition
Hall is a 4,000-square-foot (107-ft x 38-ft) grand hall featuring
high vaulted ceilings and exhibits on local maritime history. This
space is ideal for large standing or seated groups and can be transformed
to suit a variety of events.
• 120 for dining
• $2,500 ($1000 deposit required)
• 3 women’s, 3 men’s toilets in adjacent Keep
• Wheelchair access
• Air conditioning
• Parking inside the Keep
Encircled by historic limestone ammunition storehouses and natural
cliffs, this 21,000 square-foot (210-ft x 100-ft) grass arena is
the focal point of the Museum’s Lower Grounds and can accommodate
open-air or tented events of practically any size, including large
weddings, banquets, conferences and concerts.
• Cocktails 1,000+
• Dining 750
•Up to 200 people $2,500
•500- 1000 $5,000
• Restroom facilities
• Wheelchair access
• Night lighting
• High voltage capacity
• Parking on the Upper Grounds
Any event in the Keep with over 250 guests, client is responsible to rent mobile toilets. The Events Coordinator can provide information on supplier.
The Old Royal Naval Dockyard can be reached by land or sea. Horse-drawn
carriage, trolley train, ferry, and custom boat charters are some of the more
unique travel options.
Event guests and all vehicles enter and exit the fortress Keep over
a moat and through the enormous arched front gate. The only other
access to the Keep is via a lighted pedestrian tunnel leading from
outside the Keep’s walls, near the ferry terminal, into the
Keep Pond Dolphin Quest area. Guest entrance to the Keep through
this atmospheric tunnel can be specially arranged.
Enhance your event with a customised guided tour of the Museum by
a staff member or trained interpreter. Please contact Philippa Burke
Exclusive group programmes by the trainers and dolphins of Dolphin
Quest Bermuda are available to incorporate into your function.
Client Comments & Accolades
“My wife and I were married in October of 2002 and held
our wedding reception at the Commissioner’s House. We received so
many comments and were told repeatedly that we could not have found
a better place. The House itself was spectacular and full of interesting
artifacts, but the view stole the show. Many of our guests had never
travelled to Bermuda and were overwhelmed by the beautiful blue
water highlighted in the daylight followed by an amazing sunset
and cool breezy night under the stars. More than one guest has told
us that our reception was the best they had ever attended.”
–Brant Kizer, Bermuda
“Our trip to Bermuda was a first-time incentive programme
for a client. We had a fun and relaxed opening night beach party,
followed the next night by a wonderful dinner cruise and then enjoyed
a fantastic six-course meal at one of the finest restaurants the
third night. I was beginning to worry about our final night at the
Commissioners House. The question was: Will the finale really top
all the other great activities we had? Thankfully the answer was
a resounding yes! When our group came up the hill and around the
last corner listening to the bagpipes, you could feel the awe in
the air. When the piper finished playing Amazing Grace you could
hear the emotions from the guests and as the sun softly set you
could see the wonderment the group felt. Everyone was astonished!
The group very much enjoyed going through the Museum during the
reception and the balcony provided a beautiful backdrop for the
group’s last meal in Bermuda…a wonderful ending to a
–Debby Butler, Manager, Meetings and Incentives, Eventions,
“ ‘We wanted to keep the wedding simple and elegant’
… [Kerry Graham and Gavin Davis] decided their ceremony would
be at the Commissioner’s House. They chose the House because
it is quite unique and also a fabulous new place to have events
on the island. Because they were getting married outside, the House
and grounds’ scenic beauty would be evident.’
–Bermuda Wedding & Honeymoon magazine 2004
"Now lovingly restored to its former glory as one of the
earliest examples of an iron frame building in the western hemisphere,
Commissioner’s House is the crown jewel of the Bermuda Maritime
Museum. The high standard of its exhibitions, especially Bermuda’s
Defence Heritage, sets a new benchmark for the Island. It’s a splendid
venue for dinners and parties too."
–2003 Best of Bermuda Gold Award for Best Historic Site: The
Bermudian magazine, July 2003
Terms and Conditions
PDF Terms and Conditions
- Facilities are booked for confirmed date and time only.
- NMB reserves the right to make unavailable or close rooms, exhibits, or buildings for any reason.
- It is the sole responsibility of the renting organisation for any damage occurring to NMB exhibits, buildings, or grounds.
- No signs, objects, candles, vases, decorations, or floral arrangements may be set or affixed in facility space without the prior permission of NMB.
- No smoking inside NMB buildings.
- No animals allowed on premises.
- Lighting and temperature at event venues to be adjusted by NMB, Little Venice Group or Planning Factory Bermuda staff only.
- Parking for Commissioner’s House events restricted to lawn next to Conservation Lab and northeast side of House on parking pad. Parking is not permitted at the front side of Commissioner’s House or other areas.
- NMB accepts no liability for any personal injury sustained on the premises.
- Children must be closely supervised by an adult at all times.
- All food and beverage served in Commissioner’s House is to be provided by Little Venice Group, the exclusive provider of Food & Beverage on this property. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Food & beverage at The Keep Yard may be supplied by either the Little Venice Group or Southampton Fairmont. Contact:
- Planning Factory Bermuda is the exclusive Event Management of the NMB. All event needs
- including food & beverage, décor, entertainment, sound, lighting, entertainment, port-a-loos
- and logistics are to be arranged and managed by Planning Factory Bermuda.
- Contact: email@example.com.
- Grounds events require NMB and Dolphin Quest caretaking staff on duty. This is included in the rental price.
- Events in the Keep Yard with over 250 people will require to rent port-a-loos/ mobile restrooms.
- For evening events, facility space is available only after 5 pm, unless an earlier set-up time has been requested in advance on the Application Form and approved by NMB.
- Immediately following the conclusion of an event, all trash, debris, tables, chairs and all loose rental equipment must be cleared out of obvious sight by those responsible for it and neatly prepared for pick-up the following day. A fee of $300 will be charged for failure to properly clear the event area. A fee of $125 per day will be charged after this deadline if equipment is not removed as agreed with Planning Factory Bermuda.
- All event equipment, including tents, must be removed from any NMB area, including The Keep, by 5 pm the day following an event, unless prior arrangement has been made with NMB and approved.
- A deposit of 50% is required to reserve facility space at the NMB. Deposit is held against booking is non refundable, unless a written cancelation is made at least sixty (60) days prior to the event date.
- No booking is confirmed until deposit is received, no exceptions.
- Final payment (balance of contracted rental fee) is due one week prior to the event; event cannot be held unless payment is made is full prior to the event date.
- Rates are subject to change and may vary depending on number of persons, duration, and type of event.
- Rates are for facility rental only and do not include additional goods or services, including but not limited to: catering, décor, transportation, audio visual, sound, lighting, tenting, entertainment, set-up and removal, cleaning, Museum staff or docent fees, etc.
application and agreement in PDF format