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Museums and Historic Sites

Visiting museums and historic sites can reveal much about an area and its history. You'll be offered a glimpse into the past showing how people and events affected lives and brought change.

Learn about the Mi'kmaq and discover petroglyphs, fascinating rock carvings made by the first inhabitants of this land centuries ago, now preserved at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Travel to Yarmouth & Acadian Shores to experience 400 years of Acadian history by visiting magnificent churches in Clare, Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, Rendez-vous de la Baie and the Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de recherche. The Melanson Settlement near Port Royal National Historic Site and Grand-Pré National Historic Site in the Annapolis Valley will add to your knowledge.

The Black Loyalist Heritage Site in Birchtown near Shelburne, celebrates the poignant history of Black Loyalists who came to Nova Scotia escaping the American War of Independence and settled in Birchtown with a population of former slaves. The struggle against persecution is just part of their story.

Our rich seafaring history can be experienced in many villages from Yarmouth to Hantsport and from Clark's Harbour to Peggy's Cove and our military history and story of British settlement can be experienced from Fort Anne National Historic Site in Annapolis Royal, the first capital of Nova Scotia, to Greenwood.

Acadian Cemetery & Chapel

This site commemorates the location where a group of Acadians, fleeing the Expulsion, arrived in 1755. It is also the site of the first Acadian cemetery of Saint Mary's Bay, used as a burial ground until 1786. The Little Chapel, with its statue of the.... Read more

Admiral Digby Museum

Our museum, a Georgian-style home, was constructed in the 1800's. One of the oldest structures in the Town of Digby, it is named in honour of Rear Admiral Robert Digby. On two floors, period rooms contain furnitures and artifacts relating to the heritage.... Read more

Argyle Township Courthouse Archives

The Argyle Township Court House & Gaol is Canada?s oldest standing courthouse, built in the village of Tusket, Nova Scotia in 1805. It operated as a working courthouse and jail from 1805 until 1944. The building served as the Municipal Offices for the.... Read more

Avon River Heritage Museum

Over a hundred years ago on the site of the museum stood the Harvie and Mosher shipyards. Between them, they built and launched 160 sailing ships. These ships sailed the oceans bringing Newport Landing to the world and the world to Newport Landing.

Our.... Read more

  • Newport Landing, Hants County
    Phone: (902) 757-1718 
    Web Address: www.avonriver.ca

Barrington Woolen Mill Museum

In the 1800s, the Barrington Woolen Mill was an important local business that used machinery and water power to turn raw fleece into the yarn and cloth needed to make warm, durable clothing.

Powered by the mill's rushing river, machines like the.... Read more

Black Loyalist Heritage Society

Birchtown was the largest free settlement of Blacks outside of Africa in the 18th century. The Old School house Museum is open May to September daily from 11am to 5pm and by appointment in the off season We encourage educational institutions, vacation.... Read more

DesBrisay Museum

Bridgewater's DesBrisay Museum offers a unique glimpse into Lunenburg County's Heritage. Our galleries focus on the natural history, early settlement, cultural and industrial growth of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County including shipbuilding and lumbering..... Read more

Eglise Sacre-Coeur Church

Sacred Heart Church sits atop a hill and its steeple can be seen from both ends of the village. It has splendid panoramic view of St. Mary's Bay. This beautifully kept historic wooden church was built c. 1880. Bilingual guides in Jul & Aug.

Open May.... Read more

Église Saint Alphonse Church

L'eglise Saint-Alphonse (1921) est un lieu de culte special a cause de la simplicite de sa construction et du travail d'artisans locaux qui ont construit l'autel et la grotte en bois. Les cetes de l'autel sont decores de murales peintes par l'un des.... Read more

Église Saint Bernard Church

This church, built over a span of 32 years (1910-1942) is a testament to the determination and coordinated efforts of farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen. The three foot thick granite block walls gives it a unique style. Musique Saint-Bernard concerts are.... Read more

Église Ste-Anne Church

Eglise Ste-Anne Church is the oldest Acadian parish on mainland Nova Scotia. A municipally registered heritage property, the architecture and decor of ?glise Ste-Anne Church speaks eloquently of local faith and artisanship. In 1999, a painting of the.... Read more

Firefighters Museum of Nova Scotia

Imagine the clang of the fire bell, the smell of the smoke, and the feel of the hot steam as firefighters of the pass tired to sava burning home in communities in Nova Scotia.

See types of fire engines used in Nova Scotia from 1800's to the 1930's..... Read more

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

The Fisheries Museum of the Altantic provides the ulimate waterfront experience, in Lunenburg Nova Scotia - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While at the Museum, you experience life in a fishing community and discover, life at sea. Explore our aquarium,.... Read more

Fort Point Museum (Lunenburg County Historical Society)

"Fort Ste-Marie-de-Grace" Fort Point Museum "The Lunenburg County Historical Society (LCHS) has initiated the Renaissance Project to bring historic Fort Point Museum to life in a way that will excite and inspire students, teachers, local residents, and.... Read more

Frost Park

Frost Park was the original public burial ground within the bounds of the present day Town of Yarmouth. It eventually was developed into a park named for Queen Victoria and later renamed for Charles Sydney Frost, a distinguished native son. The park.... Read more

Halifax & South-Western Railway Museum

As you step through our door you walk back in time and once again you're in the world of the railway as it was on Nova Scotia's South Shore. As you purchase your ticket you are first captured by the replica of the ticket office as it stood in the.... Read more

Historic Shelburne Museum Complex

Shelburne's harbourfront Heritage District retains the look and feel of a bustling 18th century port. Stroll down Dock Street to enter this world through 3 fascinating museums. learn the time-honoured craft of dory building at the Dory Shop, just as they.... Read more

Killam Brothers' Shipping Office

In 1788, John Killam built his first schooner, named Janet. This was the beginning of a family business that would encompass 203 years and five generations of the Killam family. During Yarmouth's golden age of sail, the Killam Brothers Shipping Office.... Read more

Kings Historical Society & Kings County Museum

Hours of operation - Winter (Mid December to Mid March - Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm)

Summer (July and August) Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm

Fee Structure: Admission Fee (donations welcome)

Archive $5.00 per day for non members.

The Kings County.... Read more

  • Kentville, Kings County
    Phone: (902) 678-6237 
    Web Address: www.okcm.ca

Knaut-Rhuland House Museum

Explore Lunenburg's unique history with Knaut Rhuland House Museum's costumed guides. This National Historic Site, circa 1794, is a wonderful example of Georgian Architecture filled with discovery and insight as to why we are a UNESCO World Heritage.... Read more

LaHave Islands Marine Museum

The LaHave Island Marine Museum is open daily from June 1 to Sept 1 with hours of 10am-5pm. It displays a large collection of artifacts and exhibits which bring the history of the islands to life. No admission fee, donations appreciated. There is a.... Read more

Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse

In this pre 1920 Acadian Village discover the heart, life and work of the Acadians of Pubnico, whose ancestors were led to this community in 1653 by its founder Sieur Phillipe Mius d'Entremont. Hear Acadian spoken and experience Acadian traditions that.... Read more

Living Wharves

"Living Wharves" is designed to tell the story behind the seafood from Yarmouth & Acadian Shores - home to one of Canada's largest fisheries. Over 40 species of fish are harvested from our shores, and thousands are employed in this industry. Most people.... Read more

Mahone Bay Settlers Museum

A community museum in the heart of Mahone Bay, the Setters Museum surprises visitors with the quality of its collections and relevance of the displays. A new selection is made each season from the ceramic collection, formed by a collector in town before.... Read more

Parkdale/Maplewood Community Museum

A must see inland destination. Special features include exhibits, gardens, reasearch centre, and a gift shop, all depicting the natural and human history of the local area.

Pelton-Fuller House

Welcome to the summer home of the Fuller-Brush man! This Victorian home (c. 1895) features period-furnished rooms, costumes and memorabilia of the "Fuller Brush Man" and his company. This is the only "sea-captain" home in Yarmouth open to the.... Read more

Queens County Museum

The Queens County Museum, built in 1980, is a vibrant and enduring testimonial of a history intrinsically linked to the forests and sea. A natural component of this vast cultural heritage is the Mi'Kmaq or Eastern Woodland Indians. The contribution these.... Read more

Ross Farm Museum

Ross Farm Museum is located on Hwy 12 in New Ross, 15 minutes from the South Shore. The Museum is a living, working farm museum depicting 150 years of agriculture in Nova Scotia. It is a single family upland farm on land originally granted to Captain.... Read more

Salt Hay Stacks

There were a number of reasons that local farmers continued to employ these ancient methods for such a long time. While it was possible for men to work on the marsh, the soft ground made it impossible for wagons and carts to be employed for much of the.... Read more

Shag Harbour Incident Museum

Shag Harbour Incident Society Interpretative Centre - Can be found at 5616 Hwy 3 Shag Harbour, slong the beautiful Lighthouse Route. On the night of October 4th 1967 local residents watched a huge object come out of the s.ky and crash or land int the.... Read more

  • Shag Harbour, Shelburne County
    Phone: (902) 723-0174 
    Web Address: www.i2ce.com

Sissiboo Landing

Waterfront interpretive centre representing Weymouth's five cultures (Mi'kmaq frist Nation, United Empire Loyalists, Acadians and New France settlers) throught displays and interactive exhibits, including a recreation of Weymouth in the 1890s complete.... Read more

W.L. Sweeney Fisheries Museum

The W. L. Sweeney Fisheries Museum was created by his son and daughters to tell the story of the men and women of Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Limited, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Step across the threshold and back in time. Explore the Sweeney marine.... Read more

Wedgeport Tuna Museum

Well known as the tuna fishing Capital of the World Wedgeport Tuna Fishing Museum and Interpertive Centre features mementos and pictures from the 1930's to 2006 of tuna fishing, fishing exhibits, aquariums, acadian history, Wedgeport history and videos,.... Read more

Wile Carding Mill Museum

From 1860 to 1968, this water powered mill lightened the workload for Nova Scotian farm families by carding a week's worth of wool in one hour! See the very machine that revolutionized carding in the area and imagine the clatter as it prepared wool

  • Bridgewater, Lunenburg County
    Phone: (902) 543-8233 
    Web Address: museum.gov.ns.ca

Yarmouth County Museum & Archives

Operated by the Yarmouth County Historical Society, the museum and archives is an award winning facility that focus on the history of the County after European settlement adn emphsizes its marine history. The Museum ship portraits collection is the third.... Read more

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