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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 17 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A one of a kind opportunity to experience an authentic museum that captures they importance of the fishing and seafaring industry to the port of Yarmouth. Besides the incredible exhibition space that housed recreations of authentic buildings used by the fishing industry of the area. we also had the opportunity to talk at length with the knowledgeable museum guide Donna.... More

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Rindge
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A unique experience to see many antique pieces of firefighting equipment. The museum is close to the waterfront and is within walking distance of downtown Yarmouth.

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Yarmouth, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great display of fishing industry from Yarmouth area which has a rich tradition of local culture connected to this industry.

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Boston
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Something to do to kill the time if you need to spend a day in Yarmouth. I wouldn't recommend going far to visit this. Quite well done, but pretty small. We were the only visitors at the time we visited for about 45 minutes on a Saturday morning. Actually a bit of information for not just the kids but the... More

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Wakefield, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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
28 helpful votes 28 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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