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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

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Address: 119 Birchtown Rd, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
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+1 902-875-1310
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00

Depending on the weather you may want to bring a picnic lunch and nourish...

Depending on the weather you may want to bring a picnic lunch and nourish yourself before you begin this extraordinary experience of the old and new.

Climb up the Shaw Turret where we commemorated all Black Loyalist communities as you overlook Birchtown Bay. Or enter into the Centre's Lindsey Gallery and dive into the multimedia presentation of the Black Loyalist journey from Africa to the US then to Nova Scotia and back to Africa. Explore the virtual copy of the Carlton's Book of Negroes and search for your ancestor who may have experienced part of this incredible journey.

Also explore our amazing archaeological pit which embodies this extraordinary narrative of the past and present. Have fun examining the archaeological artifacts excavated here in Birchtown.


Before you leave us please take the time to create a virtual quilt square that will tell us about your experience and how this story has impacted you and what you have learned.

Please continue to explore our site and visit our historical buildings where you can view our Bunce Island exhibit and movie, the National Historic Monument that commemorated the 1783 Black Loyalist Landings of Nova Scotia, explore our Heritage Trail and visit the Pit House.

Be prepared to spend some time with us.

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A World Class Museum!

We return to the Black Loyalist Centre at least once a year. It's a truly remarkable presence. It may seem small and unassuming but that's far from the reality. It has depth... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Shelburne, Canada
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Shelburne, Canada
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We return to the Black Loyalist Centre at least once a year. It's a truly remarkable presence. It may seem small and unassuming but that's far from the reality. It has depth, character and a friendly, helpful staff. The opportunity to interact and take as much time as you like...it leaves us wanting more. And their future plans, subject to... More 

Thank chutede
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We travelled 2.5 hours down to Birchtown to see the museum as we had seen the series that had been filmed here. For a start it took us a while to find as it's not clearly signposted and when we arrived we found a note on the door saying it was closed for the next two hours due to a... More 

Thank sagreen1979
Long Island City, New York
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

We have been going to Shelburne for over 20 years now and were saddened to hear about the fire here. In 2015 we visited the new museum and are true believers that things happen for a reason. In this case, a good one as this place is just amazing. Please take the time to visit this little place with the... More 

Thank Kathy D
Southwest Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

We visited this centre and learned lots about the history of black loyalists who came to Birchtown in the aftermath of the American Revolution. The building is modern and well designed and the staff were really well informed. However, I wanted to learn all I could and I found having to stand and scroll through the large screen was vey... More 

Thank HappyCanadianHiker
Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a lovely building offering the history of Birchtown where most Afro American Empire Loyalists settled. You are given a card with the name of a person who arrived there and are invited to do a search about them in their interactive displays. The building is not large. There is a building next door which was the school house.... More 

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Five Islands, Canada
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

The museum was my reason for going to Shelbourne. After reading The Book of Negroes and seeing the series on CBC, I wanted to visit Birchtown.Gorgeous building and the walk around the old settlement added so much to the experience, particularly seeing the pit house. Our guides were both descendants of the families who lived there.

Thank fundy456
Sherwood Park, Canada
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

This center is a little hard to find but when you find it it is well worth it.It gives you a good look at what the black people had to injure in the early years.This is a must stop if you are ever in the area.I will stop here again if I am ever in the area

Thank gooilersLeduc
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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

This was a very interesting place to visit. Wasn't sure what to expect. It was made more personal by following actual people in history of the Black Loyalist movement. A sad time in history. Definitely makes you realize how this shaped our country.

Thank Linda J
Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Visited the centre on advice of friends and very glad we did. The centre is very well done with touch screens to provide history and photos, the names in the Book of Negroes etched in the glass and items found in the area on display. We enjoyed a brief tour from the guide-a descendent of the Black Loyalists. You can... More 

Thank Nancy P
Osoyoos, Canada
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

The museum was absolutely packed with information. Much of it was reading on giant computers though so I would suggest they provide seats. We grabbed our own from another area and it made it so much more comfortable. Upon entering the museum, everyone was given a card with a person's name. We were to follow this historical person from slavery,... More 

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