Ryan Premises National Historic Site

Ryan Premises National Historic Site, Bonavista: Hours, Address, Ryan Premises National Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

Ryan Premises National Historic Site

Ryan Premises National Historic Site
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:15 PM
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Charlene P
53 contributions
Fantastic Exhibit
Aug 2020 • Family
A beautiful history of the fishing and sealing industry in NL. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We loved all the exhibits. Property is beautiful.
Written 7 August 2020
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Kunda Park
Fonthill91 contributions
Partly Closed but Free Admission
Sep 2019
We stayed overnight in Bonavista after hiking the Skerwink Trail. We saw signs for this attraction so we stopped in. It is a national heritage site consisting of 4 or 5 buildings that housed a prominent trader in the area. Sort of interesting, the main house will be nice when they have it completely renovated and restored. Right now only one room is done. The largest building, which had videos and history of the sealing industry was closed for “unplanned” renovations, so that was a bit disappointing. The Bonavista Historical Museum is housed upstairs in the main exhibit building and is well done for a small town. Ryan’s Premises is in a nice location with pretty views of the bay, so worth an hour (or less depending on how much you’re into history) of your time – there’s not much else to do in Bonavista.
Written 23 September 2019
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redsgothenburg
Fort William, UK636 contributions
Difficult to assess due to partial closure.
Sep 2019 • Couples
We were unable to see the full site due to some buildings being closed, although to be fair we were not charged. What we did see was certainly interesting but we found it odd that the proprietor’s house was virtually empty. Only the dining room was furnished. Nevertheless the guide was particularly informative and treated us to a cod gutting demo which put some of the photos into context. You were also left with a clear picture of the purpose of all the original buildings during a successful century of trading for the Ryan family.
Written 8 September 2019
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Terrance M
Hamilton, Canada3,012 contributions
THE HISTORY OF THE FISHERIES
Sep 2019
No province is more associated with the sea than Newfoundland and Labrador. Parks Canada has nice exhibits over several buildings relating to the merchant James Ryan. The main building deals with the history of the fisheries. Ryan was a merchant who made his money in the ‘truck system’, lending supplies to fishermen in return for their season’s catch. Across the road is Ryan’s home, its Georgian size an indication of a well off merchant. Only one room has been refurbished. Sadly the guide indicated there are no long term plans to refurbish other rooms, now mostly filled with black and white or colour photographs with a local flavour.
Written 5 September 2019
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ4,774 contributions
Make sure you see the house across the street
Jul 2019
This museum is not that expensive. It has the visitor center, another building of exhibits on the fishing industry, and also a home across the street. It tells how important the cod industry was to this area. The guide was busy with a tour group so we had to rely on reading the information plaques. You need a guide to open up the Ryan Proprietor house across the street. The young girl who took us there was so sweet, telling us about life in the area and pointing out pictures to us. There are good artifacts here. We parked behind Skipper restaurant and walked to the Ryan Premises.
Written 4 September 2019
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Karen K
Guelph, Canada74 contributions
History of Fishing
Aug 2019
A well set up museum for the history of the fishing industry in BonaVista and Newfoundland. Did not see the entire site due to limited time on the bus tour. What we did see was well done. Tour guides very enthusiastic, ask for the demo on how to filet the codfish, fun!
The merchant’s home is only partly finished but it is worth a look. A very quaint town to visit after the tour around the point and lighthouse. A true picture of how life is in Newfoundland.
Written 4 September 2019
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reelriot
Toronto12 contributions
National HIstoric site in Bonavusta: Ryan
Aug 2019
when we were there building 3 was closed- so they charged no fee. Building 5 was taken over by an art exhibit which contained 1 piece of art a boat hull off the ceiling. Building 1 and 2 were okay- interesting artifacts in the one you enter. The house across the street is mostly empty except for one room and would do better if they furnished the whole place. I did not go upstairs to see the picture display- the fish dryer structure you could see up close. The people at the front are knowledgeable- but with lack of furnishings all over was kind of empty. Intreesting story about ryan though and juxtapose this against Port Union where the union was set up to change the balance with merchants like Ryan- so intersting history of the fishing industry there.
Written 4 September 2019
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Anne001_12
Bristol, UK391 contributions
Not fully open
Aug 2019 • Couples
The main exhibition was unexpectedly closed but it was still worth the visit as it helps to understand what life was like and how integral the merchants were to the system. Also, how hard life was for the fishermen. The small museum is somewhat eclectic being a collection of all sorts of artefacts relating to everyday life. The gift shop is a cut above.
Written 13 August 2019
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Gerry P
46 contributions
Amazing history on the Ryans - impressive for sure!
Aug 2019
Unbelievable history on old day fishing, how it was processed, and made into large business for the locals. The home is awe inspiring beauty for the time! A must do..A lot of old stuff from the 1800's/1900's era..
Written 10 August 2019
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HappyMunching
Baltimore, MD251 contributions
Comprehensive fishery museum in several historic buildings
Jul 2019 • Friends
This site is spread over several historic buildings. The first building you enter gives you an introduction to the site and the historical themes, and also holds the Bonavista town museum on the second floor. The second building has a great museum about the fisheries, including beautiful models of the different types of boats and ships that have been used in the fisheries over the centuries; exhibits cover up through the current day. Across the street you can enter the fish merchant's grand house, which has a photography exhibit and a reconstructed flake (fish drying structure) next to it. And finally - you end up in the store and counting room, which contains a great gift shop. My only bit of feedback for the site's staff is to make it a little more obvious where visitors are supposed to park - if there were signs, all four of us in the car completely missed them!
Written 3 August 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:15 PM