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North Highlands Community Museum

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Address: 29243 Cabot Trail, Cape North, Nova Scotia B0C 1G0, Canada
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+1 902-383-2579
09:00 - 17:00
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Our Museum can be found in Northern Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail Nova...

Our Museum can be found in Northern Cape Breton along the Cabot Trail Nova Scotia in the "Top of the Island" Region. We have a beautiful exhibit hall that includes local artifacts along with professional displays that take you back in time while getting a taste of our local heritage. We also have a blacksmith forge, settlers' garden, and a historic Church building that has become our Culture Centre where we feature talented musicians and other events each week. Our Museum also serves as the Information Centre for the the area, so there are many great reasons to stop in and visit us!

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A gem of a historical museum in a beuatiful area of the world

A great place to spend a 1/2 hr. to 3+ hours. Your choice. There's a genealogy research lab, if you may have some family roots in the area. There's lots more: professionally... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
Mark S
Cape North, Canada

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Cape North, Canada
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

A great place to spend a 1/2 hr. to 3+ hours. Your choice. There's a genealogy research lab, if you may have some family roots in the area. There's lots more: professionally done exhibits, a cool working blacksmith forge, a beautiful heritage garden, great friendly staff to tell you what it's like to live in this beautiful area and more.

1 Thank Mark S
Kingston, TN
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We spent 1 hour at this small museum (admission $2) looking and reading about all the exhibits. The best part for us was the great home movie about life in the early days of the Northern Highlands. This is a 10 mm film that was made in the late 1940's/early 1950's, I believe. It was so interesting! We were glad... More 

1 Thank TNKaz
Augusta, Maine
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

We were there third week of September 2016. For anyone interested in history, particularly the history of this area, this small museum should be on a list of things to see while traveling the Cabot Trail. The place is full of old tools, many hand made. There are numerous other artifacts including an old fashioned teacher's desk set up in... More 

1 Thank SrMainer
Carol Stream, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Only could spend a very short time in this quaint museum about the Gaelic influence on Nova Scotia. LOVED the interactive exhibits. Would have loved to stay at night and enjoyed the live music.

1 Thank escdvm
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This was a very well designed small, local, museum. Interesting displays and a very good example of an old loom. Really enjoyed it. Friendly and helpful volunteer staff should be congratulated.

1 Thank Joanne M
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

We stopped because they had registers for family research, didnt find any of my family but it was still interesting and the settlers garden was quaint

1 Thank Christine A
Otis, MA
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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

There are community centers in most tourist areas, many with local information, some with historical things as well, but the museum here is outstanding. There wasn't one thing that stood out, but the care taken to collect the items exhibited as well as the time taken to explain it all made the visit very rewarding. I know farming is hard... More 

1 Thank Ernie L
Bangor, Maine
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

It is a small museum located on the north end of the Cabot Trail. It made for a nice break from our driving and got to learn a little about the history of the area and people. The exhibits are labelled clearly and informative.

1 Thank asiantraveller101
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

Any visitor to Cape Breton who has the slightest interest in the history of the island owes it to himself or herself to visit this museum. It makes a nice rest stop while driving the Cabot Trail, but is more than worth a drive just to see the museum alone. There is a lot of history packed into this small... More 

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Reviewed 27 September 2015

The museum was interesting and did not take long to get through. However, we were expecting to learn about the Scottish heritage of the area and there was none of that.

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