South Shore and Annapolis Valley Sights

Shelburne Museum Complex

  • 20 Dock St. Map It
  • Shelburne

Published 05/06/2016

Fodor's Review

Shelburne's big-ticket attraction includes three properties operated by the Shelburne Historical Society. The Ross-Thomson House and Store is reputedly the oldest surviving (and from the looks of it, best stocked) general store in North America, restored to its 1820s appearance. Shelburne once had a thriving boatbuilding industry, turning out the traditional dories that were the mainstay of the fishing fleet. At the former waterfront workshop that houses the J.C. Williams Dory Shop, you can watch artisans craft new ones using old-fashioned techniques. Rounding out the trio, the Shelburne County Museum provides an overview of area history.

Sight Information


20 Dock St., Shelburne, Nova Scotia, B0T 1W0, Canada

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Sight Details:

  • C$4 per museum, C$10 for the whole complex
  • June–mid-Oct., daily 9:30–5:30. Shelburne County Museum also open mid-Oct.–May, weekdays 9:30–noon and 1:30–4:30. Off-season hrs may vary

Published 05/06/2016


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