Museums and Genealogy

Yarmouth County Museum & Archives – An award winning museum with over 20,000 artifacts documenting Yarmouth County’s heritage. Some of which is housed in an historic former church. The archives receive hundreds of visitors annually, hoping to leaf out their family trees.

Firefighters’ Museum of Nova Scotia See the types of fire engines used from the 1800s to the 1930s. Marvel at antique hand-drawn and operated engines such as Canada’s oldest horse-drawn steam engine, an 1863 Amoskeag Steamer. Take the wheel of a 1933 Chev Bickle pumper and see collections of antique toy fire engines, shoulder crests, patches and badges from fire departments around the world.

W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum Step across the threshold of this marine-themed museum back in time.  Explore the Sweeney seafaring heritage through unique exhibits: a simulation of a traditional fishing wharf, complete with fishing, processing and ship repair sheds, wharf decks and even a coastal freighter.

The Argyle Township Court House & Archives  Canada’s oldest standing courthouse, built in the village of Tusket, Nova Scotia in 1805. It operated as a working courthouse and jail from 1805 until 1944. The building served as the Municipal Offices for the Municipality of Argyle from 1945 until 1976. In 1982, the building was partially restored and re-opened as a museum and historic site. In 2005, the building was declared a National Historic Site. Just 10 minutes from Yarmouth.

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Wedgeport Tuna Museum See show cases filled with mementos, photos from the glory days of sport tuna fishing, trophies, fishing rods on display, and a mock tuna fishing boat with the original tuna fighting chair. The museum also features other exhibits including some Acadian history, Wedgeport history, and a 32 pound mounted lobster.

Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse Located on a beautiful 17 acre site that overlooks the Pubnico Harbour, the historic acadian Village of Nova Scotia invites you to step back in time to discover the heart, life, and culture of the Acadians in the early 1900s. Just 30 minutes from Yarmouth.

Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de recherche Since its official opening in 1979, this museum has acquired an impressive selection of artifacts which depict how life would have been for Acadians in the past. The museum’s new wing boasts a fine display of cameras, photographs and associated paraphernalia. There are over 300 cameras spanning one hundred years of photographic history.