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Ryan Premises National Historic Site

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Address: Rolling Cove Road, Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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+1 709-468-1600

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Not to be missed for the history buffs!

We visited Ryan's Premises while staying at Bonavista. It is centrally located in the village with a beautiful view of the harbour. On a warm day, it would be lovely to sit on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
Mila W
Vancouver Island, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I'm of the opinion that any 'National' site should be free to citizens of the country. It promotes understanding for the place you call home. Having said that there are parts of this historic site that you can wander for free; outbuildings, shore, and gift shop. If you haven't any knowledge of the cod fishery then by all means pay... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We visited Ryan's Premises while staying at Bonavista. It is centrally located in the village with a beautiful view of the harbour. On a warm day, it would be lovely to sit on the picnic benches overlooking the harbour and linger. The first docent, who took our admission, was comically wooden as she recited her memorized spiel. However, other docents... More 

Thank Mila W
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Pros: A neat Bonavista gift shop is housed in one of the buildings with locally themed gifts. There's a fun fishing themed board game to play in one of the exhibits. Good views of the Bonavista harbour. Cons: It was hard to pick out the important information from the walls of text. Lots of glory displayed about seal hunt and... More 

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toronto canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This Parks Canada site is really cool. Original buildings, great story and exhibits about the history of the fishery and they had a couple of older chaps singing the tunes upstairs.

Thank John G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

EspeciallyVery comprehensive exhibits in original buildings located in the heart of Bonavista. Enjoyed especially a great old black and white film travelogue about all of Nfld. Museum have very good history of cod and sealing in Nfld.

Thank Ken V
Surrey, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Well preserved and presented history of the Newfoundland experience. I particularly enjoyed learning about the sealing industry.

Thank Peter H
Hod Hasharon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The Ryan Premises is more than a museum. It is a huge treasure of a place, distributed between a few beautifully restored buildings and providing you with endless information about life during the great fishing and sealing eras of Bonavista. It is a journey into the past. Everything on site is well explained such that you can go through the... More 

Thank Shaked007
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

The exhibits are well planned and informative. It provides a very good picture of what life was like here

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

The buildings and displays provide a good overview of the life from those who lived off the see and the people that profited from that. The site its very accessible and also provided displays of local art. The bona vista museum is on site and had a number of interesting exhibits.

Thank Murray B
Kemptville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Walking through the various buildings it was like being transported back in time to a fishing village and fish factory. Explanations were all around so any questions were already answered.

Thank Pam O

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