Ryan Premises National Historic Site

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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Bucko007
Sudbury, Canada605 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Good museum explaining the fishing and sealing industry. Many artifacts. The residence is no longer accessible but it is still good.
Written 28 July 2022
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Krista K
5 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Pros:
A lot of things to look at
A lot of hands on activity’s
Staff was great
The museum was super interesting

Con:
One building is closed
Written 23 July 2022
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Lisa D
Toronto, Canada377 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
If I could rate this higher, I would. Managed by Parks Canada this might be an easy attraction to overlook because the name is a bit odd but it is a must-see! Provides a fantastic overview of the history of cod fisheries and lifestyle of the people. The guides are absolutely wonderful. So knowledgeable and passionate. Natasha and Rick made the experience extra special. This was one of the great highlights of our trip to Newfoundland.
Written 13 June 2022
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Kevin L
Tiny, Canada229 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Our hotel was right next door so we stopped in. You can’t tell from the outside but it is a very extensive museum. Great info on the Bonavista area and the history of the cod fishing industry.
Written 11 September 2021
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E. Van Bergen
Toronto, Canada128 contributions
Aug 2021
Another must visit is this national historic site that showcases 500yrs of fishery that has shaped settlement, culture and economic development here in the east coast.
Written 26 August 2021
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Charlene P
53 contributions
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
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, UK643 contributions
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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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,307 contributions
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, NJ4,933 contributions
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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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 6:15 PM