2010 was a watershed year for Cupids, Canada’s oldest English settlement—it marked the 400th anniversary of its founding by John Guy in 1610. The Cupids Legacy Centre was built to commemorate that event, and to house a state-of-the-art exhibit illuminating the town’s long historical and cultural narrative. Here’s a quick look at what you’ll find inside our doors.
A tour of the museum is an innovative and interactive experience that engages young and old alike. The exhibits are packed with stories, details, and artifacts—the more you look, the more you will discover.
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The Cupids Legacy Centre stores the extensive artifact collection discovered at the Cupids Cove Plantation site, and houses its field laboratory. The site, now a Provincial Historic Site, is one of the most significant archaeological digs in North America. The lab holds a vast catalogue—more than 160,000 artifacts have been found, and counting! Learn more about the archaeology laboratory and the archaeology on the Baccalieu Trail.
Upstairs at the Legacy Centre is the 2,000-square-foot Legacy Hall. This fully air-conditioned multi-purpose space is ideal for events and celebrations large and small, as well as conferences, workshops, meetings and symposiums. Take a peek inside to see the gigantic Union Jack flown at the 1910 tri-centennial celebrations of the birth of English Canada in Cupids.
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Our Resource Centre houses a treasure trove of valuable facts, data, insights and photographs. The extensive and ever-expanding archival collection is at your disposal, and our friendly staff members are ready to provide assistance.
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Even our reception area offers its share of diversions. Here, visitors can interact with the Cupids settlement as it was in 1610 using the “Cupids Cove Plantation Second Life” virtual tour. Over two years in development, this painstakingly detailed virtual world awaits your exploration—just enquire at the reception desk.
Also in the reception area is our Museum Shop, packed with crafts, gifts, and educational delights.
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Before you leave the Centre, be sure to visit our rooftop Faerie Garden with its panoramic view of Cupids harbour and the surrounding rugged landscape. We’ve installed interpretation to help you explore and understand the traces of the past and the present community you’ll see. The garden holds an unexpected surprise for observant visitors.
Tickets for your visit to the Legacy Centre, as well as and the Cupids Cove Plantation Site (just an easy five-minute walk down the road) are available at our front desk.
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