Matthew Legacy
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In 1497, a small wooden ship called the Matthew set sail from Bristol, England destined for the Far East. On board was the Italian explorer Giovanni Caboto with a crew of around twenty men. Within six weeks, they made landfall. They landed, not as intended in the fabled land of Cathay, but on the shores of the New World. Here, they discovered a treasure that would change the course of history.
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PeterBernie
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom233 contributions
Aug 2022
A very interesting museum with all the history of the journey made by the explorer and his crew. There is lots of information the guides were very well informed as well. To be onboard the replica vessel took things to another level. A fantastic experience kids would love it here too.
Written 16 September 2022
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Dave O
7 contributions
Aug 2022
The self service tour was ok, read the information on the signs and moved to the next station. Once onboard the ship, it was thorough amazement! From the explanations on the construction, the sails, the ropes, and even the living quarters… was so impressed.
Written 12 August 2022
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Steeve C
Montreal, Canada10 contributions
Jul 2022
That Historic ship was interesting to visit, to see from close the construction, the various sailboat details and actual leaving space for the captain and crew
Written 27 July 2022
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Krista K
5 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Pros:
cool artifacts
Friendly staff
Allowed to get on the boat, touch and look at everything

Cons:
A lot of self touring
Simple lay out
Written 23 July 2022
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CherylM2010
Calgary, Canada63 contributions
Jul 2022
History of the Cabot boat. This was in the museum when we visited but we were still able to board the boat and enjoyed the history that was told.
Written 15 July 2022
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hbkm
Leverkusen, Germany326 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The museum tells the story of the Matthew from the perspective of a young sailor, that makes it very entertaining to read. The Matthew is kept inside a large building in the harbor of Bonavista. That was the biggest drawback, I was hoping for a floating ship. Other than that, it is impressive to see with what little ships people navigated the then unknown seas a few centuries ago.
Written 2 July 2022
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John
Ottawa, Canada3 contributions
Aug 2021
I can appreciate the appeal of a ship-replica in a tourist town, but the colonial narratives in Bonavista truly baffled my wife and I. We are quite used to acknowledging the impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples as a piece of history to be confronted, not celebrated. All the same I was curious about this museum and how they might tell the story of European contact, however it was an outdated and whitewashed story. I can't say I was surprised, though I wish I had been.

Skip this until they update their storyboards to reflect a true history.
Written 29 November 2021
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Kevin L
Tiny, Canada229 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The fact that this is a full scale model of the ship John Cabot sailed is pretty awesome it is too bad it is somewhat hidden away in the building in Bonavista harbour. You can tour the boat but there is a lot of bird poop on the decks. The site has great potential as you could add viewing areas above the ship as the building was built around the ship. It is still well worth the visit if in Bonavista. The video of the queen visiting when it sailed into harbour is quite impressive
Written 11 September 2021
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E. Van Bergen
Toronto, Canada128 contributions
Aug 2021
We stepped on board a replica of the 92 foot wooden ship of John Cabot's that sailed from Bristol UK to Bonafista NL in 1497. Must visit when in Bonavista!
Written 26 August 2021
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Jess25789
Hamilton, Canada59 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
There is nothing much to do here. Just a room with plaques to read. Then you can see a replica boat which is small and not interesting. I'm not sure how this justifies $7.25. No guided your. No more exciting than reading Wikipedia
Written 22 August 2021
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