Matthew Legacy

Matthew Legacy, Bonavista: Address, Phone Number, Matthew Legacy Reviews: 4/5

Matthew Legacy
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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.
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4.0
167 reviews
Excellent
73
Very good
50
Average
33
Poor
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Terrible
7

Tracey F
4 contributions
Interesting history.
Jul. 2019
Very nicely done. I enjoyed walking through the timeline of events. I especially loved boarding the Matthew.
Written October 8, 2019
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Malcolm M
Calgary, Canada43 contributions
Fun, Historic, Interesting, Informative, Good for All Ages
Aug. 2019
This is a great experience, lots of historical context for adults and interesting enough for young children. The ship is an amazing reproduction and we really enjoyed exploring the 100% accurate replica of the original ship that crossed the ocean--very worthwhile as it gives an idea of what it would have been like to be on the crossing. The story told will draw anyone in, as it is told from the viewpoint of a young adventurer who sails with Cabot on the crossing.
Written October 6, 2019
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Mikkey
1 contribution
Great tour with a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide Allen
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Great tour and highly recommend this to anyone interested in the history of Bonavista or the Matthew.
Cheers for the tour Allen
Written September 25, 2019
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Allan H
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
Worst tourist experience ever!
Sep. 2019
We went to see the Matthew while we were visiting friend in Newfoundland. We paid $13.50 for both of us as we are seniors. We were told that the guide would attend to us when we passed through the door. We went in and the guide was talking to another couple whose children were wandering around. The guide did not even acknowledge us, he could have told us that he would be with us in 10 minutes. We went onto the Matthew to have a look around which took about 10 minutes. We then walked over to the guide, who was still talking to the other couple and still continued to ignore us. My husband was really angry and said that we should leave. We walked out and I went back in to the front desk to air my complaint. The lady on the desk said that I should go and talk to the guide to air my complaint. I went back in and told him that he should have at least acknowledged us. It was like talking to a brick wall as he did not say anything to me. I then went back to the desk and they offered me a refund and advised me to email my complaint to the Board which I did. The Chairman emailed me back that he had spoken to the guide who was very busy at the time. He did not apologise for our bad experience, nor did he say that the guide would be told that his behaviour was unacceptable. I am posting this to advise people that the experience is a total waste of money.
Written September 25, 2019
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krisdavden
New York46 contributions
Ok for adults, might lose children’s interest
Aug. 2019 • Friends
You enter a room that has many panels describing the experiences of a young man as he grows up, and travels with John Cabot from England to Bonavista, NL. Nicely done, I enjoyed it. However, it requires a lot of reading. It might lose the interest of those not capable/interested in all that reading. Maybe a movie or some good a/v material would help?

When we finally got in to board the replica, the young man there volunteered no information, and seemed thoroughly bored. Our visit lasted a mere few minutes.

The experience was underwhelming.
Written August 13, 2019
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Anne001_12
Bristol, UK391 contributions
Underwhelmed
Aug. 2019 • Couples
The historical section is quite good but there is little information about the boat itself such as what different parts did, how people actually lived on board etc. The boat is in a large shed so you can't actually see the whole of it, just the deck and cabin areas. The guide on duty was hopeless, he mumbled something to us when we arrived and then just sat playing with his phone for the whole of our visit.
Written August 13, 2019
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Gerry P
46 contributions
History on John Cabot
Aug. 2019
A remake of his ship! They charge for this..it's a bit much, it's one room of nostalgia then the ship..It's a very good reproduction and is inspiring..for what sailors from that era went through! Nice site, has gift shop..(keep going to end of Costal Rd..My GPS looped me around a few times
Written August 10, 2019
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heatherh10131955
8 contributions
An Excellent Piece of History
Jul. 2019 • Couples
The tour of ship and legacy as seen through the cabin boys eyes was an educational and very interesting story. The ship itself is spectacular
Written July 27, 2019
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sandra c
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada25 contributions
Great little museum for an hour or two
Jul. 2019
It was interesting to learn more of the story and walk around exploring the replica. It was in the storage shed so it didn't leave a huge impression.
Written July 25, 2019
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Dorth38
Ottawa, Canada338 contributions
Learn a bit about Bona Vista
Jul. 2019
Glad we went in to see the replica. It is hard to believe they crossed the ocean in such a small vessel. As Cabot landed in Bona Vista it great to learn a little more about it. The museum is well set up with displays to help explain how the journey all came about. ENJOY,
Written July 24, 2019
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