Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, Yarmouth

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The Yarmouth County Museum & Archives is a museum located in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia exploring the history of Yarmouth County. Located in the heart of Yarmouth's heritage residential district, the museum is housed in a former church as well as two historic houses. It also operates a summer display in the restored Killam Brothers Shipping Office on the Yarmouth waterfront.HistoryThe Museum began in 1935 with the creation of the Yarmouth County Historical Society. The society formed the Museum in 1958. It moved to its current location in 1969, the former Tabernacle Congregational Church, an 1892 granite church listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.The Museum expanded in 2000 incorporating two adjacent historic homes including the Abram Little House with a wing providing climate controlled storage and conservation facilities and an archival research centre. The Museum grounds include the Pelton-Fuller house, an 1892 Italianate summer home of Alfred C. Fuller, "the Fuller Brush Man" which was donated to the Museum by his widow in 1997 and restored by the Museum to showcase its extensive collection of Victorian furniture and costumes. The Museum has won numerous awards for exceptional museum and archival work.CollectionThe Museum has the 3rd largest collection of marine paintings in all of Canada and the largest community archives in Nova Scotia. The original second order fresnel lens used at the Cape Forchu Lighthouse is displayed in the centre of the museum's main gallery. It was preserved by the society in 1962 when the original 1840 lighthouse was replaced by a new concrete tower. Two stagecoaches are also displayed in the museum, a locally-built example and a well-preserved Concord stagecoach, both used for service between Yarmouth and Tusket, Nova Scotia in the mid 1800s. A special display evoking the bridge of the MV Bluenose features the wheel, compass, telegraph and bell from the long-running Yarmouth ferry.
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  • August 15, 2017
    At last count Nova Scotia had well over fifty separate local museums, with most of them frankly kind of boring. Not so the Yarmouth Museum which is located just off the main street in an old church th...  more »
  • July 13, 2017
    Nice little museum. Gives you a good taste of local history. Has a lovely exhibit of musical instrument, and contains the old light from the Cape Forchu lighthouse. Admission is free, donations are we...  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    Another must see in my opinion. Love the old photos. Our ancestors lived in Yarmouth and we got to relive a bit of the past.  more »
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  • April 20, 2017
    Interesting museum if you're interested in maritime history. Also a great place to do genealogical research. Staff is extrmely knowledgable and helpful.
  • January 1, 2017
    Lots to see and learn about of a past.staf are good to talk to.
  • April 12, 2017
    Boring.
  • July 7, 2012
    Lots of stuff to look at here. Good display of model ships and antiques.
  • July 9, 2012
    Wonderful place to spend a few hours

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