Provincial Seamen's Museum

Living The Life – Objects of Identity
Resourceful and ingenious, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have made a life from the sea and the land. This exhibition features commonly-used items dating from the 1800s through to present day.

The ground floor celebrates our profound connection to the sea. It includes tools of the inshore and offshore fisheries and of the merchant operations behind these industries. Artifacts of ships, sailing and navigation are featured.

The second floor presents life on the land. Objects from our agricultural and transportation collections and items related to trades, professions and work in the home are on display.

This out-of-the-vaults style exhibition allows for the presentation of a large, varied selection of heritage. We invite you to explore, ask questions and to share any memories you have of these objects in use.


April 29-October 6, 2024

“I think photographs, by their nature, should be respectful—whether a portrait or a landscape. They are respectful by not using the devices that are inherent to photography to exaggerate one way or another, whether positively or negatively. It is very easy to make something look either dire or sentimental, but it is the point in the middle where you are being respectful. You are really documenting what’s there.” – Ned Pratt (2017)

Ned Pratt's photography over the past decade reflects a deep connection to Newfoundland's visual heritage. His large-scale works underscore his reverence for the island's landscape, challenging traditional romantic ideals with his unique compositions. By focusing on the everyday and distilling features into form and colour, he creates visually rich experiences that have established him as a significant voice in Canadian art.

Based in St. John’s, NL, Pratt holds a BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His work has garnered international acclaim and has been featured in prestigious collections such as the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 2018, he was the subject of the nationally touring solo exhibition "One Wave," organized by The Rooms.

Image: Aid to Navigation (2016). Chromogenic print, Ed. 1/1. 83.82 x 117.47 cm. Collection of the artist.



Contact information

54 Marine Drive, Grand Bank, NL

Hours of Operation
Open April 29, 2024 – October 6, 2024
Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sundays & July 1 (Canada Day): 12 pm - 4:30 pm 

$6.00  Adult
$4.00  Seniors (60+)
$4.00  Students
Free   Children and Youth (16 and under)
$3.00  Group Rate (10 or more people)

Rooms Members receive free admission

Provincial Historic Sites 2024 Season Pass Holders receive free admission

Telephone: (709) 832-1484
Off Season: (709) 757-8020

Mailing address
Provincial Seamen’s Museum
P.O. Box 1109
Grand Bank, NL A0E 1W0 


Practices and Policies

Scent Free 
The use of scented products is to be avoided, in order to provide employees and visitors with a healthy and safe environment. The use of scented products has the potential to create an unsafe environment for our employees and visitors due to the associated serious health risks. 

Brief cases, backpacks and oversized bags are not permitted. Please check with staff if you need clarification.

Eating & Drinking
Food and beverages are not permitted in exhibition spaces. This is enforced to protect our collections and items on display.

No Smoking
This is a smoke free building.

Admire – But Don’t Touch (in most cases)
Please do not touch the artifacts or artwork on display, except where clearly permitted.

Children are welcome. For their safety and to protect the items on display, we ask that children under 12 be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Please refrain from shouting, running and rowdy behaviour that might interfere with other visitors’ experiences or result in injury.

Fire/Emergency Alarms
In the event of an alarm, please prepare to exit, following any instructions provided by staff. If you require assistance, please ask the nearest staff person.