Hector Heritage Quay

Hector Heritage Quay, Pictou: Hours, Address, Hector Heritage Quay Reviews: 4.5/5

Hector Heritage Quay
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
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
About
The Hector Heritage Quay is home to the full size replica Ship Hector--the first ship to bring emigrants directly from Scotland to Nova Scotia in 1773. The site consists of an Interpretive Centre telling the story of the Hector settlers, a blacksmith shop, rigging room and carpenters shop. Visitors are able to step on board the ship and experience the voyage of these early settlers.
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1-2 hours
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CFofLL
Fredericton, Canada1,449 contributions
Excellent historic site
Sep. 2021
An excellent historical site that has been updated over the years. The staff are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and the displays on all 3 floors take you through the hardships that caused the Scots to undertake a perilous crossing of the Atlantic and seek a new life here. The community was deeply involved in the building and launching of the replica of the Hector 30 years ago and the ship has now been lifted onto the land behind the Museum for further repairs and restoration. Well worth a visit.
Written September 17, 2021
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Steve J
Halifax, Canada88 contributions
Historic
Jun. 2020 • Couples
Enjoyed viewing the lifestyle of the Settlers and actually going into the replical ship.
Lots of info on their lifestyle and the voyage over.
Written March 16, 2021
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nwaynesworld
Nova Scotia1,507 contributions
Hector
Aug. 2020 • Friends
The museum was closed both times we dropped by. However, the ship is visible from the water front. The museum buildings are very nice. The ship is not totally complete. However, it is quite nice.
Written August 9, 2020
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Sorry we missed you. We are open every day from 10 am to 4 pm.
Written August 10, 2020
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Andrew
8 contributions
Wonderful presentation of history
Oct. 2019 • Couples
We had first thought of coming to Pictou 10 years ago to learn about the arrival of The Hector - and the museum did not disappoint. Excellent displays and interpretation boards, and staff who are so knowledgeable. We had a personal tour of the Hector itself - it is hard to imagine what it must have been like with nearly 200 people on board. Given the importance of this replica ship to the history of the province, it seems incredible that the heritage site should have to manage without any public funding
Written October 31, 2019
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Thank you for your great review. Our volunteers love chatting with our visitors and sharing our story. We have plans to do more work on the ship and are currently seeking public funding to improve the site....stay tuned !
Written December 9, 2019
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CrackedCrock
Bainbridge133 contributions
Nice Museum
Sep. 2019
This is a nice museum. Many exhibits and staff is friendly and helpful. It was a nice way to spend time before our ferry ride to PEI.
Written October 27, 2019
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Gilles D
meteghan River59 contributions
Museum
Sep. 2019 • Couples
We visited this museum on September 28th. Very well done and history of the first Scottish in Pictou NS. There is also a replica. This vessel was built in the 1990’s. Fundings would be necessary to keep this vessel afloat. A beautiful page of history.
Written October 4, 2019
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Margaret
10 contributions
A fascinating place to visit.
Sep. 2019
As Scots, we found this place really fascinating. It is well laid out, with lots of information and a short film in the building before you go outside to see the replica of the Hector. Hard to believe so many poor souls could live for so many weeks in such awful cramped conditions. No wonder contagious diseases spread, especially among the children.
The volunteers add to the experience with their knowledge and friendliness.
Written September 27, 2019
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Thanks for your comments--it is truly an amazing feat of endurance that we share with our visitors--The Hector settlers story is one worth experiencing. So glad you had time to visit.
Written October 3, 2019
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Joseph L
London, UK691 contributions
bit disappointing
Sep. 2019
we were looking forward to visiting the hector,the museum is interesting but the ship is in a really poor state and is in dire need of restoration but you still get an idea of the conditions the passengers endured
Written September 24, 2019
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Thanks for making a visit to the Hector Quay part of your vacation. The site is operated by volunteers and we receive no regular funding--unheard of for most museums. We have just completed an Interpretation Renewal Plan and will be working on the restoration of the Ship--we have great plans....stay tuned !
Written September 27, 2019
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Elcid67
Mills River, NC92 contributions
Wonderful Experience
Sep. 2019
Exhibition explains how the 18th century Scots embarked 189 poor souls on a small brig to try for a new life in.Nova Scotia. The Hector is an exact replica of the original ship.seeing the actual amount of space 200 human beings ( the other 11 were crew) had is mind boggling! Worth the visit, especially if you’re of Hibernian heritage
Written September 23, 2019
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Thanks for your wonderful comments....it is truly eye-opening to see the conditions these early Scottish settlers endured. Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 27, 2019
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pjhltd
Southport, UK25 contributions
Hector
Aug. 2019 • Family
We have visited the hector several times. It is definitely the visitor highlight of Pictou. It is starting to look a bit tired and the community need to start some urgent restoration otherwise this attraction maybe devalued. The visitor centre is very informative and we all learned a lot about the history of Nova Scotia and the links with Scotland
Written September 22, 2019
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Hector Heritage Quay is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.