500 Years on Four Walls at the National Museum of Bermuda by Jane Downing
Set in a stunning two-storey hall, the sweep of Bermuda’s history comes to life in all its intricate detail, tied together by the blue of the sea. Foster included not just major events, but also the more obscure day-to-day happenings, customs and traditions which give Bermuda and its people their unique character.
Over 3 ½ years, Foster spent more than 7,000 hours painting the mural, which consumed over 150 twelve-ounce tubes of blue paint alone.
From the wreck of the Sea Venture to the descent of the bathysphere, from the fevered activities of the slave-based 18th century maritime economy to small details of boys playing marbles, the mural addresses both history and folklore, peppered with a dash of humour. Hidden gems abound: the girl walking a pet hog, the cat catching a rat, the stand featuring curried goat, the secret message spelled out in signal flags, and many, many more.
Don’t miss it!
Winter hours: 10am – 5pm
(Last admission 4pm)
Adults $15, Seniors $12
Children under 16 FREE
Explore the Keep Fort at the National Museum of Bermuda
1 The Keep, Royal Naval Dockyard