Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art was conceived of over 30 years ago, with the purpose of re-patriating work inspired by and painted in Bermuda back to the island. Today the collection consists of over 1500 pieces of art, covering work from the 1700’s up to the present day, and includes luminaries such as Winslow Homer, Albert Gleizes, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Masterworks is located in a purpose built world class museum in what was once the Arrowroot Factory in the Botanical Gardens. The facilities include a climate controlled roof, art storage facilities, the Main Gallery, the Rick Fairies Gallery, members’ lounge, a gift shop and café. A cross section of local artists display work in shows on a monthly basis and the Main Gallery exhibit is changed seasonally.
Masterworks encourages artists from Bermuda and overseas to develop their talents in our island setting, with events such as Young @ Art, classes for adults and children in various mediums for all levels of experience, and an artist in residence program. The Charman Prize was established in 2008 with the opening of the museum, and is a much anticipated biennial community artwork competition judged by an international panel.
Perfectly situated in Masterworks and surrounded by lush gardens, Salty Lime at Homer’s Café serves fresh brewed coffee, smoothies, juices and Mexican-inspired breakfast and lunch, using the island’s bright, seasonal ingredients. The Arrowroot Gift Shop boasts a unique selection of original pieces created in Bermuda in various mediums, plus vintage travel posters and artists’ prints, cards and books.
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Homer’s Café and the Arrowroot Gift Shop are open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and the facilities are wheelchair accessible. Entry is $10, students 12 to 18 $5, free for members and children under 12 years.