History & Milestones

November 1990 The initial idea for a new museum-type institution is conceived by a group of interested Bermudians. A feasibility study is commissioned.
July 1991 The feasibility study identifies an opportunity to create a unique educational institution with a broad programme to support underwater exploration.
Fall 1991 A Board of Trustees is assembled to guide the development of the Institute and a pilot project is created on the proposed site.
April 1992 The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is created by a Private Act of the Bermuda Parliament in 1992.
September 1992 Fundraising counsel is retained and the fundraising campaign begins.
December 1992 On-island architects are selected for the project.
January 1993 The initial meeting of the Friends of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is held, creating a North American organization 501 (c) 3 to support the activities of the Institute.
April 1993 An agreement is reached that allows the development to proceed on the site.
April 1993 The first fundraising goal is reached and the challenge grant funding is committed.
May 1993 The first Annual General Meeting of BUEI is held.
November 1995 Excavation of the site begins.
February 1996 Construction of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute begins.
November 1996 The Premier of Bermuda, the Hon. David J. Saul lays the corner stone.
July 1997 Two time capsules are laid, to be opened in 2022. One capsule was for donors and school children, and the second was a BUEI capsule.
July 1997 The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is officially opened by His Excellency, Thorold Masefield, Governor of Bermuda.
May 1999 The train started the cruise ship tours.
October 1999 Film premiere, “Keepers of the Reef”, with Teddy Tucker, Peter Benchley and Greg Stone.
March 2000 Phase 2 of the exhibits is launched.
Spring 2001 The After School Camp is launched.
October 2002 The Teddy Tucker Marine Education Scholarship is announced. A live feed from the wreck Pollockshields in the Science at Sea exhibit area begins as the world’s first continuous live feed from a wreck site. A 7,290 year old Bermuda Cedar tree stump, found in thirty feet of water off Gurnet Rock is unveiled.
Spring 2003 The new Teddy Tucker Shipwreck Gallery opens. The large squid model is installed in the Lobby.
Fall 2005 A Narwhal skull and tooth exhibit opens.
Summer 2006 The “Ancient Seas” traveling exhibit of prehistoric marine creatures is hosted.
Spring 2007 “Oceans, Healthy Humans” exhibit is installed. A Xiphactinus Skull is added to our prehistoric marine creatures exhibit.
July 2007 BUEI celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Spring 2008 The “Jellies Exhibit” on lower level opens.
Fall 2009  RMS Titanic Exhibit opens
May 2013 ‘Lionfish & Invasive Species’ Exhibit opens
May 2013 BUEI receives Bermuda National Standards Committee (BNSC) accreditation
July 2014 Mini exhibit ‘S.S. Gairsoppa’ opens
August 2014  ‘Sea Level’ Exhibit featuring 7000 year old cedar root opens
June 2015 ‘Living with the Ocean’ Exhibit opens
April 2016 America’s Cup ‘Built to Win’ Exhibit opens
July 2016 BUEI opens travelling Lionfish Exhibit at Gorhams hardware store
September 2016 BUEI Blue Train tours begin
December 2016 BUEI & Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) kick off new Robotics camp
July 2017 BUEI celebrates 20th Anniversary of official opening