The Northumberland and Eastern Shores have a multitude of historic museums and sites, as well as community run museums for visitors to learn about the lifestyles along our shores. There is something for every age and interest. Step back in time to learn about the Hector passengers at Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, 1867 Sherbrooke Village, the industries of Nova Scotia in the Museum of Industry in Stellarton or 1940’s Eastern Shore at Memory Lane Heritage Village. Our award winning attractions are around every bend.
A Walk Through Time Museum
The museum showcases impressive antiques, artifacts and horse drawn machinery.
Africentric Heritage Park
A park located in New Glasgow, dedicated to the history of Nova Scotians of African descent.
Antigonish Heritage Museum
This community museum features exhibits depicting the cultural heritage of Antigonish.
Interpretive panels are located on rocks around the Lighthouse which tell the story of the historic fishing community of Arisaig.
Arisaig lobster interpretive marine life centre
The new Arisaig Lobster Interpretive Marine Life Centre is now open.
Ballantyne’s Cove Tuna Interpretive Centre
Interpretive panels describe the life cycle of tuna and the history of tuna fishing.
Barney’s River Station School House Museum
Pre-Confederate Rural Pictou County Schoolhouse.
Barry Colpitts Folk Art
The artist’s home and outbuildings will stand out as they are adorned with his colourful folk art.
Canso Islands National Historic Site
Come and relax as you wander through the ruins of an 18th century fishing settlement.
Cape George Heritage School
A 1925 one-room schoolhouse converted into a museum.
Cape George Point Lighthouse
Cape George Lighthouse is still guiding ships safely ashore with its flashing lamp.
The third Caribou Lighthouse, the one that remains standing today, was constructed around 1971.
Carmichael-Stewart House Museum
This Victorian-era shipbuilder’s home displays an extensive collection of artifacts and antiques, with a historical garden.
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum
A community museum established on the site of an original 200-year-old family farm.
Community Historical Kiosks
Kiosks are located in different communities of Pictou County to explain each area’s rich history.
Crombie House: Sobeys Art Foundation
One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters.
Culloden Memorial Cairn
In 1938 a cairn was erected on the site of a non-denominational cemetery to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden.
deCoste Performing Arts Centre
One of the finest performing arts and multi-purpose meeting venues in Eastern Canada.
Explore a restored 200-year old fishing village, walk the boardwalk, sample seafood, and do some shopping!
Fishermen’s Life Museum
Closed for 2021, due to upgrades to the site. Looking forward to seeing you in 2022.
Come in for a cup of tea and a warm welcome at this typical homestead of an inshore fisherman.
Giant Hummingbird Sculpture
Measuring almost 3 metres, this outdoor hummingbird sculpture is the largest in North America.
Glasgow Square Theatre
Glasgow Square presents a wide variety of the performing arts, music, comedy, dance, live theatre and more.
Goldboro Interpretive Centre
Displays of artifacts and photos of the mining and fishing history of Goldboro and the surrounding areas.
Goldenville Gold Mining Interpretive Centre
On the site of what was once a working gold mine, this restored church now houses a gold mining interpretive centre.
Harbour Breezes Daylilies
A gardener’s delight featuring over 800 varieties of daylilies and 100 varieties of rare Japanese irises.
Hector Heritage Quay
Open Monday-Friday September & October. The Hector Heritage Quay features the story of the 18th-century Scottish migration.
Historical 19th-century churches located downtown Antigonish.
Hopewell Footbridge & Trail
This municipal heritage site features one of the last surviving footbridges in North America.
A memorial dedicated to Nova Scotia’s Icelandic settlers.
L’Acadie de Chezzetcook / Acadian House Museum
Experience Acadian life as lived in Grand Desert and West Chezzetcook.
Lismore Sheep Farm Wool Shop
A wide selection of beautiful, locally made wool, sheepskin products and wooden knitting needles.
Loch Broom Log Church
The Loch Broom Log Church was constructed on the site of the first Presbyterian Church as a commemorative replica in 1973.
MacPhee House Community Museum & Visitor Information Centre
This heritage building features a museum and visitor information centre.
McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre
The early 19th-century home of Dr. McCulloch contains various artifacts as well as genealogical information.
Memory Lane Heritage Village
Open for the season until October 2nd 2021. Explores rural life in Nova Scotia during the 1940s, including life during and after the Second World War.
Moose River Gold Mines Museum
Browse photos, news clippings, and tapes of radio broadcasts from the 1936 Moose River mining disaster.
Mulgrave Heritage Centre
Built in the form of a replica to the former Scotia Ferry, the museum is a must see stop on the Marine drive.
Musquodoboit Railway Museum & Visitor Information Centre
The Museum hosts a number of seasonal operators on the grounds, a visitor’s centre, gift shop, food truck, beer garden, ice cream shop, and farmers market.
Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre and Cultural Centre
A 230-seat restored heritage building that serves as both theatre venue and community facility in the heart of Musquodoboit Valley.
Northumberland Fisheries Museum
Closed for the season September 3rd 2021.The museum preserves the area’s rich sea heritage.
Nova Scotia Museum of Industry
Atlantic Canada’s largest museum offers fun artifacts, exhibits, and stories.
Old Barn Gallery & Garden
Contemporary abstract art and old-fashioned gardens, located on Beaver Dam Farm.
Old Court House Museum & Visitor Information Centre
The building is home to a museum that explores Guysborough’s cultural history, and a Visitor Information Centre.
Out of the Fog Lighthouse Museum
Exhibits showcase the light-keeper’s way of life and demonstrate the operations of the light station.
Parc de nos Ancêtres
A peaceful, historic park that features a series of large stones, all painted by a talented artist.
Pictou County Military Museum
The collection commemorates the contributions of those who have served in the army, navy, air force and special services.
Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame
The museum houses over 4000 artifacts, scrapbooks, a video library, and medals in over 30 categories of sport.
Captain Savalette was a fisherman from France, who used the shores and islands of Tor Bay to fish during the 1500s and 1600s.
Port Bickerton Lighthouse Interpretive Centre
The lighthouse has been an important and integral part of the local community since the establishment of the first lighthouse in 1901.
Prince Henry Sinclair Monument
A monument to commemorate the landing of Prince Henry Sinclair and offers a panoramic view of Chedebucto Bay.
The Queensport Lighthouse is a heritage lighthouse because of its historical, architectural, and community values.
Riverside International Speedway
Speedway in Antigonish, which hosts the Parts For Trucks Pro Stock Tour and NASCAR Pinty’s Series each summer.
Scotia Ferry Look-off
A beautiful look-off spot with 1.7 km of maintained trail to explore!
Seafoam Lavender Company & Gardens
Family-run lavender farm with a wide range of natural lavender products.
Sherbrooke Village Provincial Museum
Step back in time as Nova Scotia’s 19th-century heritage is brought to life. Open for the season until September 18th.
Simply Ducky Farm
Small farm on the Eastern Shore offering tours. Come see the sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.
St. Mary’s Church
Pictou County’s oldest wooden church, a masterpiece of pioneer architecture was opened in 1834.
St. Mary’s River Association Salmon Museum
The beautiful St. Mary’s River has been a popular spot for anglers and nature lovers for decades.
Trenton Heritage Room
Trenton’s diverse and distinct industrial heritage is showcased at the Trenton Heritage Room.
Viola’s Way-New Glasgow
Westray Miners Memorial Park
A park dedicated to the Westray Mine explosion in 1992.
Whitman House Museum & Visitor Information Centre
Illustrates the history of Canso Town and eastern Guysborough County, with exhibits from Canso Harbour.