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.
How much time would you allot to this visit? Is it all in the one large building? There seemed to be out buildings/gift shop in back.
I think 45 minutes to an hour would do it. I'm very interested in history so read each placard and enjoyed it all. the ship was in dry dock through a set of doors to the left and the exit takes you through the gift shop.
I am confused by the recent reviews. We are coming to Bonavista in August 2016 - can you walk on the ship, go inside the rooms etc or is it under renovation?
The interpretive centre is in the large building that also houses the ship. You can go on board and see all of it although some of the smaller cabins are roped off but open to see. We really enjoyed the museum part as well as the ship and it was a perfect way to spend a really wet day .... worth going even on a dry day !!!