Day 3: Colourful history. Colourful creations. Visit the museums and galleries of St. John’s.
The Railway Coastal Museum
By Lauren Saunders
June 12, 2013
St. John’s is home to the oldest street in North America, and we’ve been welcoming adventurers from all corners of the world for over 500 years. We’re a city rich in culture, vibrant and creative, and we honour tradition while embracing eclectic sophistication. Our city isn’t short of museums, galleries, historic sites, and unique attractions. Meet new people, hear our stories, and learn something new. Each of these places will bring you a colourful experience you won’t soon forget.
Admiralty House Museum and Archives
View fascinating artifacts and hear once top secret stories. This historic building was originally constructed in 1914 by the Marconi Telegraph Co. during World War I as the top secret H.M. Wireless Station for the British Royal Navy. This station, now the last standing of 13 around the world, was built to intercept secret German naval transmissions, and track icebergs and ships in distress. Find out more, visit them online.
Peter lewis Gallery
Located in the heart of downtown inside one of the city’s gorgeous heritage homes, see the world through the eyes of Peter Lewis. His colourful and vibrant artwork depicts the landscapes of Newfoundland, Italy, France, Arizona, and more. Visit the Peter Lewis Gallery online.
Railway Coastal Museum (pictured above)
Located in the 107 year old train station building, completely restored to its original grandeur, the old Railway Station now houses over 100 exhibits and displays telling the story of the Newfoundland Railway and Coastal Boat Services. It even features a 90-foot diorama of the Newfoundland Railway passenger cars. Learn more about the Railway Coastal Museum.
St. Michael’s Printshop
St. Michael’s Printshop is an artist-run print studio which provides professional fine art printmaking facilities for both established and emerging artists. The Printshop is used as a space to attract visual artists who wish to explore printmaking for the first time through workshops with both local and visiting printmakers. They hold an “Open House” on the first Saturday of each month, inviting individuals of all ages to come to the studio, work with an artist, and try a new technique. In addition to services for artists, the printshop gallery has the province’s largest collection of print works on display and available for purchase. Visit St. Michael’s Print shop online.
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and Museum
The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery houses two floors of galleries with 10,000 square feet of exhibit space. See selections from over 7,000 works in the permanent collection and travelling exhibits from around the world. New this month, renowned Newfoundland and Labrador artist Mary Pratt is celebrated in a 50-year retrospective exhibition of her work.
The Rooms Provincial Museum tells the stories of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. There are three floors of exhibit space that give the Museum the capacity to extensively interpret our past. There are permanent exhibits, temporary exhibits from the collections and traveling exhibits from around the world. Learn more about The Rooms.
In addition to the sample of museum and galleries mentioned above, St. John’s and surrounding area is home to 13 provincial and national historic sites, and other unique attractions where you can get your hands dirty, be interactive and experience something new. We’ve got an underground mine tour, an officer’s club housing hundreds of military artifacts, and an archeological site dating back to 1671 (just to name a few). Find out more about all of these unique places and spaces here. Visit today!