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Address: 54 Charlotte Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6T7, Canada
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

The Jost House is the oldest house in Sydney Nova Scotia, built in 1786. We...

The Jost House is the oldest house in Sydney Nova Scotia, built in 1786. We are open June 1st to October 29th and/or all cruise ship days. During your visit, a guide will give you a personal tour of our 1786 kitchen and the ground floor of the museum. The basement has been restored to the original 18th century kitchen. On the ground floor we have many historical Victorian artifacts in our bedroom, parlour, dining room and store. The upstairs portion of the house, added in 1910, has four different exhibit rooms to browse around in at your leisure.

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We Went 1st Thing in the Morning - Recommend Going Later in the Day

The Jost House Museum was two blocks from the cruise ship dock in Sydney, Nova Scotia, so we decided to go there 1st. BIG Mistake! Everyone else decided to do it 1st also. There... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2016
Crossville, Tennessee
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Crossville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The Jost House Museum was two blocks from the cruise ship dock in Sydney, Nova Scotia, so we decided to go there 1st. BIG Mistake! Everyone else decided to do it 1st also. There must have been three large groups in a very small house. We were told we could come back later, but we never did. So, we would... More 

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

My wife and I spent a day wandering the streets of Sydney and stumbled upon this gem. The house is full of period exhibits with explanations provided. The docents add greatly to the experience as they supplement the displays with side stories.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Jost House has been in Sydney a long time and has had a variety of occupants and functions, including as a general store. More recently it has been restored as a very small representation of what life in Sydney must have been like long before modern times. In some ways the best part of the tour, led by a lively... More 

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you want to see how folks lived in this cold region and the spacious living space they had, this is a must see museum. The guides are friendly and articulate, provide an costumed character look at the period.

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Port Moody, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

What makes this museum my number one site was our tour and guide. Dressed in period clothes, he shared his knowledge and love for the house. An era gone by, but documented through stories, artifacts, trinkets and folklore. The amount of historical and cultural info given was amazing but it was also very enjoyable. This house has been restored but... More 

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March, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Lovely old house. Guide was very interesting and amusing. Interesting tales of tie the knot and red between the lines

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

There are local guides that are dressed in period costumes and they entertain you with tales of settlement life and depending on the crowd, possibly some ghost stories. It is interesting to see the kitchen and hear the stories about life hundreds of years ago. Little kids may get bored easily.

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

By chance we visited the Jost House Museum while in Sydney today For $3 a piece we got a great tour of the oldest house in Sydney Our guide dresses in the era of the house provided an excellent historical and cultural overview of the times. He explained the living conditions of the various classes, the everyday objects they used... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Dating back to the founding of Sydney. Guides are dressed in period costumes and are very knowledgeable. A great way for historical buffs and students of Canadian history to discover life in the late 1700's Well worth it!

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Step back in time to the late 1700's. Your guide is in period dress, and knowledgeable of the house and it's owners, and it's history. Fascinating for history lovers, and others. There is the kitchen, and parlor room, and a marine room, and the family room. Don't want to give it all away....go see for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

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