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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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This museum really tells the history of the area

We arrived late in the day, but were still able to spend an hour visiting the museum. Everything is hands on and well displayed. The building really give the feel for what life... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Dorothy R
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Woodstock, Canada
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Woodstock, Canada
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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived late in the day, but were still able to spend an hour visiting the museum. Everything is hands on and well displayed. The building really give the feel for what life was like in Yarmouth at the turn of the century. It also give the history of the rum runners during prohibition years. It is amazing how Laurence... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By far one of our family's favorite stops on our two week road trip. The Fisheries is a hands on museum that is indoors but reconstructed from buildings that were part of the Sweeney Fisheries company. We all loved walking through this amazing place. We learned so much! One favorite was the rotary dial phone and showing the kids how... More 

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Thank Shekja
Yarmouth, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

If you loved the sound of fire engines roaring down the streets in your youth, and you found the engines and ladders fascinating; then let a stroll through this museum awaken your childhood curiosity all over again, and you can see the various trucks, ladders, equipment, and pictures of many difference places and times in history that will reignite your... More 

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Pittsburgh
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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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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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Exeter, New Hampshire
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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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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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The OC
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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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25 attraction reviews
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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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