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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

119 Birchtown Rd, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-1310
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Unique and touching

Just when you think you understand something of Canadian History you visit this museum and it blows... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Montreal, Canada
So worth the trip

I live in Halifax, so it's a fairly long drive to Birchtown, but this experience was so worth it... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Catriona T
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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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119 Birchtown Rd, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-1310
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just when you think you understand something of Canadian History you visit this museum and it blows away the stereotypes. The building is gorgeous and the subject matter is hidden but just so important to understand. Thanks to everyone who made this museum possible, and...More

Thank dave_b15
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in Halifax, so it's a fairly long drive to Birchtown, but this experience was so worth it! Connects you with the history of the Black Loyalists in innovative ways such as the detailed information about so many of the people who settled here....More

Thank Catriona T
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This place is a must see! It is loaded with information and completely interactive. The staff were knowledgeable and very helpful and friendly! It has to be one of the most beautiful museums I've ever been in! What a treasure!

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

So much information delivered in user friendly touch screen manner. Was fun to be given a card so you could follow the story of an individual loyalist. The virtual quilt was a fun activity. The buildings like the pit house, schoolhouse and church added to...More

Thank Irene O
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We were undecided about stopping in to check out The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre. I am sure glad we took the time as we were blown away by the way everything was presented. There is so much great information and all of it is eye...More

Thank Rose J
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

The centre has been established with pride of a heritage. Well organized, enlightening, powerful! Open from 10am to 5pm. I could have spent more time here.

Thank getmeoutoftherain
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Black loyalists were free or enslaved Africans who agreed to work for the British during the Revolutionary War in exchange for freedom and a piece of land in NS. For the most part, their dreams of a better life were not realized. Thoughtful interactive displays...More

Thank robinsonth
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Recently visited this newly rebuilt museum upon the recommendation of our local hosts and it did NOT disappoint. It took us one hour in the opposite direction of our route but it was worth it! The staff were friendly and oriented you to the museum....More

Thank Kamala F
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The museum staff are very accommodating and knowledgeable. They provide a very personal experience as they guide you as to how best utilize your time there. The museum is very informative, the displays are interactive and will hold your attention. Highly recommended!

Thank Travel_on_109
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Out in the middle of nowhere, we find this incredible museum rich in history. The quality of this exhibit far outstrips the community it is a part of. The history of the Black Loyalist's is compelling learning. The museum has a great way of telling...More

Thank Bob P
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15 August 2016|
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Response from Compuvideo | Reviewed this property |
I agree that a day in Lunenburg would be worthwhile. There are also some very good restaurants in that town. You might also find some intersting thongs to visit in Liverpool, about half way from Lunenburg to Shelburne. I... More
Bonnie-Lee B
7 July 2015|
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Response from Arlene O | Property representative |
Adult $8 Student/Senior $5 Children under 5 free Family Admission $20.00 (Max of 2 adults and 3 children