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About the Settlers Museum

History panel display

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Mahone Bay, the Mahone Bay Settlers Museum is a community museum led by a Board of dedicated volunteers and a small staff. The Mahone Bay Founders Society is our parent organization, a membership based, registered charity.

The Museum provides visitors and locals alike with an in-depth understanding of our community's heritage.

Although closed to the public in the winter months, we are never dormant. Each year we feature new displays, so all winter long our hard-working volunteers are busy preparing and organizing the displays for the next season. In June, we open our doors to the public.

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Many North Americans can trace their roots back to the historic town of Mahone Bay which was settled almost 250 years ago. If you are a descendant of one of the original settlers or are researching your family's genealogy, our display on the "foreign Protestants" may be of particular interest. We have ships lists from the time of the original settlement and graveyard listings of Lunenburg County. The Settlers Museum also contains a small research facility, with records from two Mahone Bay businesses operating in the late 19th and 20th centuries. If you are interested in using this facility, please contact us.

School/Bus Groups

The Settlers Museum welcomes school groups of all ages to visit us and learn about our local heritage. An informative guide will be on hand to give a tour and answer any questions. Teachers interested in bringing their class to the museum should call ahead; we'll be more than happy to accommodate you! We also welcome bus/tour groups. Advance notice from groups would be appreciated.


The museum is equipped with a wheelchair ramp and the downstairs area is fully wheelchair accessible. We have our own parking facility behind the museum.


The operation of our museum would not be possible without the assistance of our hard-working volunteers. We always welcome new volunteers; persons interested in volunteering for the museum and/or the Founders Society should contact us.

Monetary Donations

The Settlers Museum greatly appreciates all monetary donations. Your donation dollars will be added to the support we receive through fundraising and through the Nova Scotia Museums' Assistance Program, under the Department of Education. These moneys allow the Founders Society to keep history alive in the beautiful town of Mahone Bay. Donation money is used for: preservation of the museum's collection, ongoing research, exhibit creation, and general upkeep of the museum. A tax receipt is issued for donations of $20.00 or more.

Collection Donations

Due to limited space, the Settlers Museum is not actively acquiring new articles for our collection. If you have an article that you wish to donate, you must contact the museum manager. Only articles related to the history of Mahone Bay will be considered. Again, due to limited storage and display facilities, we cannot guarantee a spot in our collection for your article.

View of Mahone Bay from the Museum Archives
View of Mahone Bay. Photo from the Museum archives.

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