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W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum

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Address: 112 Water St, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1L5, Canada
Phone Number: 902 742 3457
Description: Step across the threshold and back in time at the W. Laurence Sweeney...
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.
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Fisheries inner workings

Up to now we have seen much seafaring and fishing but very little about the inner workings of the industry. With the help of Donna our guide we were able to see and understand the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

Up to now we have seen much seafaring and fishing but very little about the inner workings of the industry. With the help of Donna our guide we were able to see and understand the infrastructure of how this industry worked. Donna not only gave out information but personalized it with a variety of stories.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
2 reviews
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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