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Step back in time on the Matthew

I have been wanting to take my family to visit the Matthew for years now. The replica of John... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bay Roberts, Canada
Worth it.

Although there was a schedule of prices, no fee was requested and entry at that time (end of Sept... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
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Roper Street, Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
+1 709-468-1493
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have been wanting to take my family to visit the Matthew for years now. The replica of John Cabot's sailing ship is a must visit while in the Bonavista region. It is hard to believe how they sailed across the Atlantic in such a...More

Thank Ron_Delaney
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Although there was a schedule of prices, no fee was requested and entry at that time (end of Sept.) was by donation. One of only 2 reproductions of the old sailing ship. Too bad we could not enter the lower level of the ship. Guide...More

Thank morgansCanada
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We enjoyed this place. I think the ship has been restored well and the guide on the ship is informative. Perhaps a little more work can be done inside, as it is just one room with not a lot of flow, but it is a...More

Thank judithyo
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Interesting displays of the history of the harbour and its discovery. A tour of The Matthew replica itself gives a glimpse of those who sailed the original.

Thank _davidatkinson1952
Reviewed 11 September 2018

I loved the story and background as told by someone who "sailed" with Cabot. Puts an interesting spin on an otherwise potentially dry story. Excellent storyboards give a good visual of the times as well. Yes, it's small compared to other museums but there was...More

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

What a lovely ship. The staff inside where amazing and so easy to talk to. You can walk about yourself or get more information

Thank lindaphoenix
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This is a very small museum, but the way they tell the story of John Cabot (from a first person perspective of someone who was with him) was quite well done. Once through that, the ship (for a non-sailor) was impressive - you get to...More

Thank goatee6
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

While viewing the ship was neat, I mostly enjoyed the story behind the sailing of the ship. The visit doesn't last very long, but it is fun to explore the replica of the ship. Unfortunately, the galley and hold area were not available to be...More

1  Thank ScottM441
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We were very disappointed with this attraction. We were not told in advance that the ship was in dry dock or that there were no tour guides for the ship. After entering we went into a room where we read a number of displays boards...More

1  Thank BC-Westcoaster
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Very interesting displays leading to the replica of the Matthew which we were able to explore at leisure. Learnt a lot about Giovanni Cabotto (not John Cabot! )and the plaques and memorials outside added a little poingancy.

1  Thank Lancastrians16
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10 October 2016|
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Response from Madeline R | Reviewed this property |
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.
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5 April 2016|
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Response from BCbikeGuy | Reviewed this property |
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... More