Lawrence House Museum
Lawrence House Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesNature & Wildlife Areas
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Lawrence House Museum In 1874, William D. Lawrence secured his place in marine history by constructing the largest wooden-hulled, fully-rigged ship ever built in Canada. An ardent believer in Nova Scotia’s 19th-century maritime power, Lawrence exemplified the critical role played by the shipbuilding industry in this province. Come explore his bright Victorian home, featuring photographs, exhibits and the Lawrence family’s heirlooms. Discover the era of shipbuilding and hear tales of the Golden Age of Sail in Maitland; Nova Scotia’s first designated Heritage Conservation district.
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robvann
Halifax, Canada90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Very impressive estate and home, with great insights to the amazing shipbuilding industry of the 1800's. My tour guide had a great passion for History and the place.
Written September 28, 2023
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Sharon F
Philadelphia, PA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is the house of the grandest of the Nova Scotia shipbuilders 8n the 1800’s, a progressive man who insisted in public education hen he became a an elected official after Confederation . His house was not fancy but it contained wonderful innovations and was designed to a comfort life for his entire family. Our docent, Shannon, was a magnificent teller of the amazing history of this man, his family, the industry, the innovation snd his outsized impact in the industry and Nova Scotia itself. Our docent knew just shout everything about the man, his family and the house itself. This is learning made fun and exciting. It can be easily overlooked, so make sure you stop when you go by.
Written September 23, 2023
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NHjo
Saco, ME8,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I went by this beautiful Victorian house/museum wile traveling the Glooscap Trail on my way to Burntcoat Head Park. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to tour the museum because it was a few days too early before their seasonal opening date of June 1, but the building itself is simple and beautiful and in a great location facing Cobequid Bay and its great tides.
Written June 17, 2023
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Craig T
Roseburg, OR395 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Planned to stop at this museum, but it closed for the season on September 2, 2019. Heard good things about it from the locals, but go to see it as we went through Maitland.
Written September 24, 2019
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Julia M
Dundee, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I stopped here on a bit of a whim at the end of a rainy day whilst driving through to Wolfville - what a fantastic decision this turned out to be!!! I was shown around the house for about an hour by Deborah the site manager. She was absolutely brilliant! She made the history of the house and the people who lived there come alive! It was fascinating to hear both about the ship building and political career of William Lawrence as well as about the architecture of the house (which was also his design) and about life in ~1870s Nova Scotia. Would highly recommend to those who enjoy a bit of local history - only wish I had longer to look around further!
Written July 1, 2019
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Michelle W
Manitoba, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We stopped here for something to do between tides at Burntcoat Head Park. We weren’t sure what to expect, but Deborah was our tour guide, and she did a fantastic job of making history come alive for us and our two children! She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the home and its owners, and even kept our extremely busy 8 year old son interested. We’ve toured several Victorian houses with our 18 year old daughter in the past, including ones in the southern US, and she agreed that this tour was the best one we’ve ever been on. Would not hesitate to go there again!
Written June 19, 2019
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mjarema
Lowell, MI166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Our B&B recommended this visit and we are glad we went! Our guide was very knowledgable and she tailored the tour to the hour we had before going rafting. Fascinating history.
Written July 14, 2018
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Jim B
Chester, Canada62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
A truly fine experience of a beautiful shipbuilders home and life story of one of Nova Scotia's greatest ! Very good museum staff with superb knowledge of the life of William Lawerence the family and the ships he built and sailed around the world, a very exciting story of the life in rural Nova Scotia when ships help lead us as a prosperous community, not to be missed!
Written September 29, 2017
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Marcia V
Alliston, Ontario, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We stopped in on the recommendation. Elizabeth is a walking encyclopedia for the home. We were planning only a short visit but stayed 90 minutes. We learned so much of the local history, well worth the time.
Written August 6, 2017
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Rowcliw2000
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
This museum is directly across from the River Runners Rafting. It is an old Captains home and gives a presentation of the ship building days in this small town. It's worthwhile to drop in if you are driving by.
Written August 1, 2017
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Lawrence House Museum is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.