Imagine a museum experience unlike any other. There are four hundred years of history in Canada’s first English settlement and that’s what our Museum celebrates. Come meet our people and discover their challenges and triumphs, their pastimes and hardships. See, hear, read, and explore how life has changed on the shores of Conception Bay over four action-packed centuries. Created for our 2010 opening, our main exhibit is, from start to finish, witnessed through the personal stories, struggles and determination of real people who lived and died on these shores, not far from this very place. All in breathtaking detail, with multi-media, and interactive, fascinating, and fun elements that invite visitors to touch and manipulate, explore and uncover living, breathing history. This is what awaits you in the Exhibit Hall at the Cupids Legacy Centre. A cultural gem that welcomes you with open arms.
The exhibit begins literally at the beginning, focusing on the initial 1610 settlement established by John Guy in what was then known as ‘Cuper’s Cove’. Every artifact on display is the product of painstaking archaeological work by Bill Gilbert and his team from the Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation at the Cupids Cove Plantation Site, just a five minute walk from the Cupids Legacy Centre.
The exhibits represent a small fraction of over 153,000 artifacts uncovered to date. And that number continues to grow every day. Archaeological artifacts on display are the product of the painstaking work of Bill Gilbert and his team. In fact, one of the oldest cemeteries in Canada was discovered here as recently as 2009.
The exhibit then traces the evolution of lifestyles produced by generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that followed, settled and prospered in this New Found Land. Everywhere you turn you can see, touch and interact with outport life, from the storied Labrador fishery to vivid representations of home life, right down to hand soaps and Joey Smallwood portraits. Never has life in rural Newfoundland been so strikingly portrayed or so vividly celebrated.