Shelburne's Museums By The Sea

Shelburne's Museums By The Sea

Shelburne's Museums By The Sea
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​Shelburne’s Museums by the Sea is a group of three unique museums located in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. The Dory Shop Museum, part of the Nova Scotia Museum, is also a working dory shop and brings to life Shelburne’s rich boat building heritage. ​The Ross-Thomson House and Store Museum, also a part of the Nova Scotia Museum, is a living history museum interpreting the home and business lives of Loyalist settlers George and Robert Ross and Robert Thomson. Shelburne County Museum presents the diverse history and heritage of Shelburne County from the founding peoples - the Mi'kmaq, Loyalist, Black Loyalist, Acadian and Welsh - to the glorious age-of-sail shipbuilding era and the fishery. The museum complex is operated by the Shelburne Historical Society.
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JFWhite
Moncton, Canada5,829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Came here today for a walk around town. This waterfront is very beautiful! Lots to see, lots to do. There was a couple of cafe’s location as well as a restaurant. We loved the old buildings. Great photo opportunity!
Written September 19, 2020
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Gravelburger
Edmonton, Canada38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
En route from Halifax to Yarmouth, do yourself a favour and stop off at the Shelburne Historical Complex, a veritable window into the Loyalist history of Eastern Canada. A self-guided walking tour (30-40 minutes) of an entirely restored/preserved little community puts you literally into the story of the Loyalists: their struggle to remain faithful to the Crown, their life "in the colonies" before and following the American Revolution, the hardships they faced in a new place that could not accommodate them adequately, and the hard decisions that faced them as a reward for their loyalty. Sure to appeal to all ages. Not just for history buffs. No cost for the tour.

While you're in the area and exploring the topic, you'll want to continue on to nearby Birchtown and visit the Black Loyalists Museum there. Here you'll learn about the struggle for human rights and dignity for escaped African slaves who served the Loyalist cause in exchange for British protection and freedom. A stirring history of African slavery is depicted in a series of tableaus; it is impossible to leave the place unmoved. (Allow 30 minutes) A modest fee for the visiting the museum.

In my estimation Shelburne and Birchtown together should be preserved as a National Historic Site. Given the vast number of other such sites in Nova Scotia, it's hard to fathom why these are not included on the list.
Written July 22, 2011
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dave_b15
Montreal, Canada253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
Shelburne itself is a great place to visit, just for the views over the bay, but there is plenty to explore here and the Museums do a great job of presenting the history of the town. A combined ticket can be bought so you can just wander around them at your leisure.
Written February 4, 2018
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Keera B
Enfield, Canada18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Maybe it’s due to COVID but my husband and I were here for two nights. Don’t bother if you are coming on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Most restaurants are closed one or two of those nights. What’s left consists of limited menus with no seafood or grilled items. The waterfront is beautiful but there is absolutely no atmosphere. It was a beautiful summer period and there is NOTHING open or activities. Really too bad as there seems to be real potential. Maybe drive through but don’t stay overnight. Perhaps that why our hotel insisted on a two night minimum. Hmmm?
Written July 4, 2022
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delcampbell
South Yarmouth, MA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Surprise find. Turned of the highway looking for coffee and found this quaint town and ended up staying a few hours. The Visitors office wa great, steered us to coffee and this museum comex. I loved the old house and store and Dory Shop. As an American it was great to see the shared history New England has with this town. Worth the diversion if you ate a history buff especially.
Written August 19, 2015
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flameondontinterrupt
Shrewsbury, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Business
in the monsters exhibition there is an excellent pufferfish but i have one at home that my mum has lost that is just as impressive. a lot of welsh people came to shelburne (including us) but only a few have got their names in the museum...evans, richards, etc. i think they should have my mate jim's name in as he likes wales, and saw one off digby head, but that is quite a drive away.
Written September 28, 2013
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fbglove
Fredericksburg, TX1,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013
What a wonderful old, historic town! You feel like you've stepped back in time -- truly! The old building accomodations are charming. We loved our B&B & the overall neighborhood. Take the historical walk -- you'll be impressed.
Written August 11, 2013
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debit7
Lindsay, Canada521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Beautiful historic waterfront – it’s a historic village within the town, with no admission fee! Gift shops and restaurants are all part of it, and you can stroll freely through the streets and enjoy the waterfront park. Parking at various spots are no charge.
Written November 9, 2019
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
By visiting the “Shelburne Museum Complex” you have to think that you are in a kind of open air museum, who is excisting out of one principal street.
Being so the walk along the main street is a stroll through the past, For us personally whas the shop and small museum from the “Dolly” a small boat,
You can see Shelburne as a bit of a small unique town with a solid history. A nice small location also for couples wit children.
Written July 27, 2019
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trainfan2000
Hamilton, Canada2,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
There are three museums in this cluster, all situated along the historic Shelbourne waterfront - The Dory Shop, The Ross-Thomson House and the Shelbourne County Museum. One pass will get you into all three museums. In the dory shop you can see these small boats being built and learn the history of these iconic fishing boats. The Ross-Thomson House takes you back to the days of the Loyalists and you get a feel of how they lived and worked while the Shelbourne Co. Museum contains artifacts and explains the history of the area.

The buildings are found in the historic waterfront area of the town which contains many old Loyalist buildings - dating back to the 18th century. The tourist information building at the end of Dock Street should be visited first to get an overview of the area and pick up maps and guides. The entire area is only 10 blocks and easily walkable. This is a little hidden gem of a neighbourhood that is worth the visit.
Written November 6, 2018
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