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W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum

112 Water St, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1L5, Canada
902 742 3457
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Yarmouth
Type: Museums
Owner description: Step across the threshold and back in time at the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum. Explore the Sweeney marine heritage through unique exhibits:... more » Owner description: Step across the threshold and back in time at the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum. Explore the Sweeney marine heritage through unique exhibits: a simulation of a traditional fishing wharf, complete with fishing, processing and ship repair sheds, wharf decks and even a coastal freighter. « less
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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Authentic and very well done..take a camera and spend time looking through all of the old pictures too

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This cleverly done recreation of an actual wharf has taken the real thing and moved it indoors and scaled it down for the purpose of sharing a past time with present people. All the tools and documents are authentic. By making this exhibit hands-on it has great appeal for curious people of all ages. There is nothing you cannot touch... More

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Arlington, MA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This place is so much better than it appears! Although it's all on one floor, we spent over an hour there. You get a real sense of what the fisherman's life was like, and you can touch and/or climb on everything, including a 1/3 size replica of a coastal freighter. The guide, Donna, was terrific!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Sweeneys was a famous fisherie and shipping company that I grew up hearing about. Went looking for their old warf side offices only to find they had been set up in this museum. Staged in a way that makes you feel you were there!

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Halifax, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Loved this museum. Totally worth a visit. It was originally a family museum and was donated to the town of Yarmouth at some point. Lots to see. Lots to learn. The family cleverly depicted all parts of the fishing industry in uniquely compact form. You have to go there to see how truly clever and interesting it is. The whole... More

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Newport News, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is a fascinating little museum. W. Laurence Sweeney kept EVERYTHING and his fishery was dismantled and moved into the museum. The buildings have been scaled down to fit, but everything is very authentic and VERY hands on. You can pick up and touch just about everything in there so it is really interesting for smaller kids as well as... More

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Yarmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The experience of this museum is like going back in time. It's so well done with original artifacts from past history of the original waterfront fishing industry. As you walk through the different workshops you can almost see & hear the workers talk about their busy port. It’s a must for everyone to see & experience. My grandkids just loved... More

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Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is a nice little museum that is definitely worth the trip. It's not huge, so it isn't something you are going to spend the whole day doing, but my kids loved it. The replica of the freighter ship at the back is really nice, and you are allowed to go on it. Admission is very reasonable, $7.50 for a... More

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Carleton Place
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This museum is almost free ($3 each), and has a wealth of local fishing lore to relate. All the exhibits are hands-on, and visitors are encouraged to fully explore them. There's an enormous quantity of artifacts, books, magazines, pictures, hardware and photos, even a scaled down ship to explore.

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n.s.can
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This museum is a gem. My husband grew up in a fishing town in N.L. and wanted to see this museum. It goes way past what other fishing museums have to show. I was equally fascinated by the display. The Sweeney family have replicated the entire fishing process down to scale to fit into the building. A real delight.

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