Home From the Sea John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre

Home From the Sea John C. Crosbie Sealers Interpretation Centre

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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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We offer a detailed multimedia exhibit on the history of the sealing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. We have an art gallery, a craft boutique, a memorial to sealers involved in the 1914 disasters, and an interpretive walking tour during peak season.
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hbkm
Leverkusen, Germany326 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
The interesting part of this monument is the story behind it. If you are not from Newfoundland or Canada, most likely you are not familiar with the stories of people going sealing. To most people nowadays it is just cruel, however, the monument shows that it was also very risky for people back then.
Written 2 July 2022
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NDSuzieQ
Boston, MA118 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I love when a museum does one thing and does it well. It isn’t massive and can be visited in about 45 min but is extremely well done (also beautiful building) telling a story I knew nothing about prior to visiting. Def worth the entry fee and not on many itineraries I suspect. It should be.
Written 22 June 2022
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NotPicky123
Edmonton, Canada87 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
This will be short and sweet. $15 dollars per person. Quite small for a museum. Very limited items to view. I have quite an interest in Newfoundland history and felt quite let down. There are better places to visit in nearby Bonavista and Trinity.

Written 16 August 2020
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DKL930
Saanich, Canada6 contributions
Sep 2019
This is a very well put together museum about a fascinating piece of Newfoundland history. It pays due tribute to a hard-working people who have been unfairly maligned by environmentalists and others. Theirs was a tough life and this exhibit makes that abundantly clear. It is a must-see if you want to really understand what makes Newfoundland what it is.

The staff are very friendly and helpful and they also sell excellent local crafts.
Written 26 September 2019
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Thank you very much for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and that it helped you get a sense of this place and its people. Thank you for your visit and for helping spread the word.
Written 27 September 2019
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Coldings
Copenhagen, Denmark497 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
This contemporary and multimedia museum offers an excellent insight into the Canadian sealing culture and history. Video, audio, models and reconstructions make it all come alive in this compact but well layed-out exposition. Add to this competent intros by the staff and in particular Amanda from Labarador, and you are well entertainer for an hour or so.
Written 16 September 2019
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Thank you for your review. We are pleased the various mediums enabled the story to come alive for you. We are very proud of our very competent staff--thanks for mentioning them. Thanks very much for your visit.
Written 17 September 2019
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,300 contributions
Sep 2019
The museum/interpretation centre may set out the history of sealing and the details of the 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster but the nearby monument puts feeling to the displays. Sixteen year old Albert John Crewe is seen in an embrace with Ruben Crewe, his father. They had both been aboard the Newfoundland when its captain sent them back out to continue sealing. The conditions were not good on March 31, 1914 when freezing rain caught the sealers out on the ice, the whereabouts of their ship becoming shrouded in fog. A snow storm followed. The men were out on the ice for two nights. The work by Morgan MacDonald captures the embrace of the son dying in his father's arm, the latter soon to succumb to the terrible weather conditions. The ship's radio receiver had been disconnected, its owner feeling it did not contribute to profits. It did contribute to the loss of 79 men. As I read elsewhere, the sea has been a cruel mistress to the province.
Written 12 September 2019
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Thank you very much for your review. The Newfoundland Sealing Disaster is one of Canada's greatest human tragedies. It is undoubtedly a very emotional story which highlights the hardship and dangers sealers endured in order to sustain their families. Thank you for your visit and please tell others about us.
Written 13 September 2019
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Christian2304
2 contributions
Aug 2019
A very interesting place, providing a lot of information about the hard, hard lives of the sealers. The Center was a little smaller than we had imagined, but it is well arranged and well worth a visit.
The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.
They also have a nice selections of items for sale.
Written 22 August 2019
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Thank you very much for your visit. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and have recommended us to others.
Written 23 August 2019
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Phyllis C
9 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is a wonderful little museum that was a complete surprise. It lays out the history of the 1914 Sealing Disaster in a way that's clear and very affecting. I knew nothing about this piece of history, but the layout leads you through the events with film, photos, artifacts, interviews and images that really help you understand the sealer's life and the magnitude of the disaster. A must-see when you visit Elliston.
Written 16 June 2019
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Thank you very much for your very thoughtful response. We appreciate your recommendation.
Written 23 August 2019
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twoinmaine
Belfast, ME528 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Mr. TwoInMaine has read a lot about the 1914 Newfoundland Sealing Disaster, when nearly 80 sealers died in a blizzard on the ice off Fogo island. The displays of sealing history here, and on the Disaster, are good, but the really wonderful experience is talking to the local interpretive staff whose families were sealers. They grew up with the stories - Elliston men died on the ice, or survived to seal again. And they tell you the stories, and answer your questions. This is a small museum in the former schoolhouse - an hour or less will probably do the trick. But we were there far longer, and Mr. TwoInMaine would be there still except Mrs. TIM called for lunch and a visit to the nearby puffin rock. Small village. Great way to spend all or part of a day when in or near Bonavista.
Written 1 February 2019
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VacationingCanadians
Regina, Canada123 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
SO very thought provoking. If gives you a brief glimpse into the reality of what it might have been like to be a sealer. In spite of people being in the exhibit area, it was very quiet when we walked in. When we went in, we too became very quiet as we watched the video, and then walked around and took in the displays. It is such a touching, moving experience..... be sure to stop here..... I would go back here again if I was back in the area. Would highly recommend.
Written 26 January 2019
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