| The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador

Exhibits & Artifacts

Evolving Traditions: People, Place and Wooden Boats

Meet and hear from some of the people who build boats using skills and knowledge passed down through the generations. Explore how tradition and innovation shaped the small inshore fishing boats of Newfoundland and Labrador. This exhibit is a representation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s diverse boatbuilding heritage and provides a window into the character of the people and the places they belong.

They Came for the Fish and Stayed for the Stages

This exhibit tells the story of Newfoundland and Labrador’s salt cod fishery through a look at the places and spaces that supported this way of life across the Province. This exhibit describes how stages and flakes were used to process salt cod and includes photos and genealogical information that traces the history of fishing stages in Winterton back to the early twentieth century.

Boat Building Room

In our Boat Building Room visitors will learn how boat builders designed and constructed their wooden vessels. Our display of traditional tools found alongside a boat under construction demonstrates the various stages of boat construction and the skill required to complete the task. Visitors can test their own skills by rolling oakum and using a caulking iron and mallet to fill the seams between planks, a traditional method used by Newfoundland and Labrador boat builders.

Boat Shed

In our Boat Shed, the smell of fresh wood shavings fills the air. Watch as traditional and contemporary boat building methods are used to craft the small wooden boats of Newfoundland. Visitors have the opportunity to talk with our resident boat builder and interpretive staff as they work.

Life in a Fishing Community

The second floor of the 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.

Trinity

Against the backdrop of the historic town of Trinity, exhibits located at the Methodist School House highlight the local shipbuilding history and tell the stories of local boat builders and fishermen. Offered in partnership with the Trinity Historical Society.

Twillingate

Experience the story of Newfoundland and Labrador’s wooden boats with a local twist. Visit St. Peter’s Parish Hall for exhibits and boat building demonstrations that showcase Twillingate’s rich wooden boat heritage. Offered in partnership with Isles Wooden Boat Builders Museum.