COVID-19 Update from the Board of Directors

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions for public safety, the Board of Directors of the Conception Bay Museum has had to make the decision to suspend daily museum visits and public events, such as hikes, for early summer. It would be very difficult to maintain distancing and follow health guidelines in our museum space or with many people on a hike. Research projects and other work will be ongoing throughout the summer, as we prepare for our next season as determined by the Dept. of Public Health.

We look forward to any new lifting of restrictions in the future so we can resume normal operations of the museum. We will keep the public posted.

Thank you for your interest and stay safe,

Board of Directors
Conception Bay Museum, Harbour Grace 

Photo of the Day: Sealers with View of Cathedral, ca. 1880s


Pictured: Two sealers with gaffs and rifles, walking on the pack ice at Harbour Grace, ca. 1880s. The first Immaculate Conception Cathedral is visible; the Cathedral burned in 1889. The cursive description on bottom reads: “Ice view – Cathedral in Back Ground” [sic]. Photo courtesy David Myrden.

Special thanks to David, who mailed this photo to our Communications Officer all the way from British Columbia.

View the picture in 1200 dpi here.

Colouring Sheet Challenge: Old Customs House

Stuck inside and looking for something to do? Here’s a colouring sheet, courtesy of director Jerome McCarthy, who sketched our museum in the 1990s. Our building, the old Customs House, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and our Museum Association turns 50! Send us your completed colouring sheets on Facebook – we’ll post them on here!
Download the colouring sheet here.
Thank you to Jerome for releasing this sketch for public consumption. Also, thanks to Heritage NL & the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust for the fun idea!

Employment Opportunity: Researcher/Writer (Young Canada Works, Dept. of Canadian Heritage)

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Summer Employment Opportunity, Conception Bay Museum

The Conception Bay Museum is an incorporated, not-for-profit tourism and heritage organization. Our mandate is to preserve and promote the history and culture of the Conception Bay North region. We are located in the Town of Harbour Grace and operate in close partnership with that Town.

We are seeking a Researcher/Writer for 35 hours per week at $11.40 per hour, for 9 weeks, to be funded under the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works (YCW) program.

We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic summer student to do research on a predetermined topic, under the direction of the Executive Committee and the Curator of the Conception Bay Museum. The research should result in a fully edited, written, digital presentation (or paper), using a format designed by the Conception Bay Museum.

Qualifications & Experience:
• Experience with academic research.
• Strong computer skills (social media experience would be an asset).
• Strong creative and organizational skills.
• Able to work independently and/or as part of a team.
• An interest in our local history would be an asset.
• Able to work from home, using own computer, internet, etc.
• Able to provide an up to date RCMP Certificate of Conduct.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, June 5, 2020.

Please ensure that you meet the YCW requirements before applying. Visit the YCW site before applying:

Our Board ensures Covid-19 safety measures will be practiced and enforced. Please submit Resume, Cover Letter, and the names of three references to: Patrick J. Collins, Chair, via email:

Please use the following subject title when sending applications: [YOUR NAME] – YCW APPLICATION – CONCEPTION BAY MUSEUM