Come visit the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador – a place where the history and traditions of wooden boat building comes to life!
The first floor of the museum incorporates our new provincial exhibit, which tells the story of the humble wooden boat and its contribution to the economy and way of life in this Province. From canoes to dories and everything in between, accompanying the story are various full sized boats and models that show the many types of boats which have shaped Newfoundland and Labrador’s history. In addition artifacts which reflect traditional fishing methods and our maritime history can be seen throughout the Museum. Our boat building room houses the many traditional boat building tools and a boat which is under construction. While on the first floor take time to view our Indeavour exhibit which details the 1612 voyage taken by John Guy, Newfoundland’s first Governor, to meet and trade with the Beothuck in Trinity Bay.
In our Boat Shed take a step back in time. The smell of wood shavings fills the air. Here boats are built, like they used to be, with tools from the past, hand cut timber, and oakum. While here talk with our onsite boat builder or a friendly staff member, were always happy to answer questions.
The upstairs of our Museum showcases life in a fishing community. Here you will learn the stories of what it was like to grow up, live and work in one of Newfoundland’s fishing communities. Displays focus on agriculture, coopering, hunting, school life, and domestic life in an outport community.
Our Museum also hosts numerous events and workshops. New this year is a weekly artist program. Local artists will be visiting the Museum to demonstrate their talents- upcoming artists’ crafts include wood carving, painting, rug hooking and more! For more information, check out our website for a schedule of events, visiting artists and workshops.
Our Museum doesn’t end at the doors. While in our community be sure to take in the Heritage Walking trail. Enjoy local heritage buildings, historic fishing stages, the natural landscape and nature.
Come visit the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador – a place where the history and tradition of wooden boat building comes to life!
The Winterton Boat Building and Community Museum began over 10 years ago under the direction of the Winterton Heritage Advisory Board. They decided to focus on the Winterton boat building story as the main theme, with an emphasis on preserving the associated skills involved. Boat building skills enabled our forefathers to survive in a harsh marine environment and helped establish the cultural landscape we have today.
The Board realized that boat building skills and the knowledge associated with them were rapidly disappearing not only in Winterton but throughout the province. With this in mind, they initiated efforts to take on provincially the responsibility of what was done locally for Winterton; hence, the establishment of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador.
We are located on the Avalon Peninsula, in Winterton, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Admission: Adults: $7.00,
Children (12 and under): $2.00
Family Rate (Maximum of two adults): $15.00
The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador archives, conserves, exhibits and transmits our wooden boat history and its contribution to the province’s economy and way of life.
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