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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
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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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Take the time...so much to see..

Very cool....spent at least an hour here..good for a rainy day.. Interesting history of this area.. Museum set up like a small town with shops & work areas.. Fun place.. Any age... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2015
Victoria477
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Miramichi, Nb. Canada
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Pittsburgh
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110 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This is a scaled down version of an actual boat. You get to see all the facilities in slightly reduced size. There is also a hard hat diving helmet. Not the greatest attraction, but if you have never seen the insides of a boat, thisis good.

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Miramichi, Nb. Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Very cool....spent at least an hour here..good for a rainy day.. Interesting history of this area.. Museum set up like a small town with shops & work areas.. Fun place.. Any age group would enjoy this..

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Thank Victoria477
Exeter, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

We had so much fun in the Fishery Museum, we went back later in the day to read more and talk with the docents. What a treat! Everything in the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum was once in use! The collection of newspaper articles and photographs was simply wonderful!

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Thank Mariellen-Exeter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

This was a great little stop on a rainy day in Yarmouth. We were ready to leave Yarmouth, but stopped in based on tripadvisor reviews. Best museum in town! The staff was friendly and full of fun stories and info, and the exhibits were hands on, which was a major bonus for my kids. From ages 9-17, they all enjoyed... More 

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Thank Marilyn S
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I honestly didn't plan on stopping at this little museum, but we were there and the price was right, so we went in. As it turns out it was quite fun, and very interesting. I would highly recommend it for young kids (they will love climbing on the boat), but even my teen and I really enjoyed it. It's just... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is small but great. Very nice staff who answer questions readily. It's fun to see things as they were (recreated in smaller scale). You do get a feel for the past here.

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Thank EnglandScotland
Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We were not sure what to expect during a visit to this museum. We certainly did not expect such an interactive fisheries museum. They have done an incredible job building this museum, and anyone interested in fisheries and history will enjoy a visit to this museum. I see other reviews call this a "gem". They are correct and any visit... More 

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Yarmouth NS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Museum my Grand daughter wants to visit as soon as she arrives from the US every summer. Staff know the history of the Sweeney family and enjoy escorting guests throughout the mueuem, which gives one a wonderful view of life of the fishing industry years ago.

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Thank Joan S
Nova Scotia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This museum is hidden on Water Street in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. You may not see it your first time through. It shares space with a fish processing plant, but don't let that scare you. Proceed in and upstairs for a wonderful experience as you witness life in fishing community. There are many wonderful exhibits to see and the staff is... More 

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Thank southshoresherlock
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

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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