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Ryan Premises National Historic Site of Canada

Facilities and Services

On Site

Bonavista Museum:

Trough an extensive collection of artifacts from the local area, this museum tells the story of traditional life in one of Newfoundland's oldest and largest inshore fishing communities.


Accessible public washrooms are available at the "Retail Store" next to the Visitor Reception Area.


Parking is located next to the J.T. Swyers Company property adjacent to the site. Designated accessible parking is located next to the Retail Store and behind the Proprietor's House.

Access for persons with disabilities:

The Ryan Premises National Historic Site is wheelchair accessible. Washrooms, lifts and board walks make this site enjoyable to most visitors. Please check with staff for details or to make special arrangements. Upper floors of the Proprietor's House and retail shop are not accessible.


View of Bonavista from the beach at the rear of the site.

Gift Shop:

Operated by the Historic Site Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Ryan Premises gift shop offers unique locally-produced souvenirs, crafts, books, clothing, music, jewelry and artwork.

"Cod, Seals and Survivors":

Housed in the Retail Store and Fish Store, our award-winning permanent exhibits present the story of the inshore, Labrador, international and seal fisheries.

Gallery Shop:

Each season, the Proprietor's House gallery space is used to display fine artwork related to different aspects of eastern Canada's fishing heritage.

Furniture Exhibit:

The Salt Store houses a fascinating exhibit about the exhibit history and evolutions of traditional Newfoundland outport furniture.

Theatre Space:

The 3 rd floor of the Fish store is a venue for various interpretative programs, musical and dramatic performances, and other special events throughout the visitor season. Please call ahead for a list of events and times.


The beach and the old wharf near the salt store provide a magnificent view of Bonavista harbour.