Transport Museum To Re-Open In Dockyard

October 16, 2017 | 7 Comments

Fans of Bermuda’s vintage transportation are in for a treat when the Bermuda Transport Museum re-opens in a new location at the Royal Naval Dockyard next Saturday, October 21.

An array of vintage motorcycles, cars and boats will be on show in the museum’s new premises inside the magnificent former “Chicane” building on Smithery Lane at the entrance to Dockyard.

The 6,500-square-foot space displays restored Mobylette, Zundapp, Cyrus, Triumph, Honda, Yamaha, James, Sun, Moton and Bown motorcycles, and many more vehicles from Bermuda’s past, with intriguing accessories and other items.

Raleigh Tiger Cub – 150cc – 1963

Raleigh Tiger Cub 150cc 1963

More than 50 bikes will be on show, as well as historic carriages, cars—even a massive wing sail from Oracle Team USA’s foiling catamaran that competed in this past summer’s America’s Cup.

Formerly the Vintage Transportation Museum, the new centre is the brainchild of life-long collector and transport enthusiast Paul Martins, 50, and business partner Luciano “Channel” Aicardi.

They moved the operation from smaller quarters inside Hamilton’s Bermudiana Arcade, Queen Street, when the Dockyard space became available this year. Local design company Brimstone Media is developing the exhibits.

Modified Mobylettes – Warwick – 1970

modified mobylettes warwick 1970s

“This is a fabulous space and we’re really excited to show off the first of our collections,” said Bermudian Martins, who owns Martins Precision Automotive in Pembroke.

“Many of these bikes, in particular, bring back vivid memories for a lot of Bermudians. Among the older ones, who doesn’t remember their first Mobylette or Zundapp? And the youngsters will get a thrill from seeing all the old seat-of-the-pants bikes we have on show.”

The museum will celebrate its opening next Saturday 10am–4pm; admission is $5. More exhibits and displays will be installed over the next several months, but Martins decided to open the building early to allow the public a glimpse of what is already on show, as well as what is to come. Accordingly, the museum opens with reduced ticket prices each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am–4pm, over the winter.

Morris Traveller “Woody” – 1966

Morris Traveller “Woody” 1966

Future plans include a full mechanics workshop within the building, where visitors can watch vehicle restoration in action; “live” displays; a children’s section; and a raised entertainment area. As well as expanding current exhibits, there will be a collection of boats on show, as well as Seagull engines and other marine paraphernalia.

“The museum is still being developed,” said Martins, “but we thought the public would like an early look at what we already have. We’re hoping to make it a very busy hub in future, with engines running and live displays and all sorts of events.”

Cyrus 620 – 50cc – 1963

Cyrus 620 50cc 1963 copy

West End Development Corporation [WEDCo] Business Development Manager Joanna Cranfield said, “After the Chicane building was refurbished, we wanted a use that was in keeping with its historic nature, but which would add another quality attraction to the Royal Naval Dockyard.

“We approached Paul to see if he would be interested in taking on the building to showcase his stunning collection of bikes and cars and we are delighted it has all come together. We think this is an excellent addition and hope our visitors will be as happy with it as we are.”

The Bermuda Transport Museum’s winter hours will be from 10am–4pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and admission is $5.

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  1. really says:

    Visited this museum when it was in Bermudiana Arcade. Well worth a visit when it opens in Dockyard on Oct 21st. surprised me at the quantity and quality of exhibits. One of Bermuda’s must visits.

  2. Real Onion says:

    Wrong wheels on the Morris Traveller.

    • sage says:

      Those look like Ford Escort MK1 rally-sport wheels, and they look good on it, the Cyrus certainly isn’t stock either but there are customs alongside originals, looking forward to see the new place. I hope all the owners of classics/ custom bikes, cars etc. ride west on saturday to the opening, more the merrier.

  3. Stewie griffin says:

    All the best Paul and family..Your dream has now come true..

  4. wahoo says:

    Cool any of those old pink and blue busses on display? I ain’t seen one of dem since July.

    • Real Onion says:

      ….would be awesome to see one of those big pink elephants again.

      History Lesson:-
      Pink Elephant was a term used by the US Military Personnel when the Bases were operational for a Bermuda Bus.

  5. Paradise Reclaimed says:

    Had a peak before Cup Match. It was awesome then, I can’t imagine what Paul has done since, but it will be worth a look. The Oracle wing sail up close is incredible!

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