Museums

Trinity Museum
Blacksmith at Trinity Museum
Boat Building Workshop, Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Rooms
Giant Squid Exhibit, The Rooms
Beothuk Interpretation Centre - Provincial Historic Site, Boyd’s Cove

A perfect way to experience Newfoundland and Labrador's extensive history is through a visit to one of our many museums. From community and industrial museums to interpretation centres, they tend to be as diverse and unique as the stories and memories contained within their walls.

Explore the lives of aboriginal peoples and investigate the tools used by the first settlers. Learn about the elusive giant squid, or compare what existed centuries ago to what you see with your own eyes today. Walk down an abandoned mine shafts metres below the floor of the Atlantic Ocean on Bell Island; watch as a historic boat replica is built before your eyes at the Winterton Boat Building Museum; or peer out to the harbour Narrows through a World War II U-boat periscope while sipping a pint within The Crow's Nest – a museum masked as a downtown pub.

Newfoundland and Labrador has showcased its historic treasures in museums dating as far back as the early 1800s. They span our coastlines and cross our inlands along the north coast of Labrador to the southern shores of Newfoundland. In the mountain-lined city of Corner Brook and the brilliant hillsides of L'Anse aux Meadows. Through the quaint communities of Twillingate and North West River and the historic areas of Trinity and Battle Harbour. No matter where you find yourself in your journey throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, you will always find places to immerse yourself in history.

The Rooms

The Rooms, in St. John's, is Newfoundland and Labrador's largest public cultural space and it's where our history and creativity come together under one roof. The open-concept space with its breathtaking harbour and city views, houses the Provincial Archives, Art Gallery and Museum.

Claiming a regal and unmistakable perch upon the city skyline atop the historic site of Fort Townshend, The Rooms' contemporary design mirrors old outport fishing rooms where families would come together to process their catch. Today, it contains collections and exhibitions – local, national, and international – spanning art, archaeology, architecture, and natural history. As well as a multimedia theatre, classrooms, artists-in-residence studio and a hugely popular café restaurant. Located in the heart of our eclectic downtown, The Rooms is only a short walk away from many other city sites of interest including historic buildings, green spaces, and a great arts and entertainment scene.

Other great museum finds

Provincial Seamen's Museum, Grand Bank

By the Bay Museum, Lewisporte

Beothuk Interpretation Centre - Provincial Historic Site, Boyd's Cove

Labrador Interpretation Centre, North West River

French Shore Interpretation Centre, Conche

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