Located on the eastern shore of Placentia Bay, the museum showcases the the community’s 300-year old heritage. The community was first settled by European fishers in the late eighteenth century to take advantage of the nearby fishing grounds in Placentia Bay and off the Cape of St. Mary’s.
Exhibits at the institution include the American military presence at the Argentia naval base from 1941 to 1994, complete with photos of soldiers and activities on the base and various artifacts. Domestic themes are also featured, consisting of various dishwares, canvas and hooked mats, wedding dresses, and other household items from the early twentieth century. Maritime history is also featured including the Annie Haley, a fishing schooner from the community that went down with seven men in 1927 just outside the harbour. Other exhibits showcase education, the presence of Catholicism in the community, and sports history.