The museum is now open to the public from 
Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Face masks must be worn inside the museum. 
Social distancing measures will be in place for your comfort and safety. 

Upcoming Events

For information about events contact the museum at 902-667-2561 or
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Déjà Vu Film Series: Thursdays at 7:00 pm
The Cumberland Museum Society presents six classic films from 1940 to 1970, which tackled issues that are just as relevant in 2020. 

Enjoy a glass of wine or a beer as we watch the film and have an informal discussion about social change — then and now. $15 per person, includes refreshments. To register, click on the link below or call 902-667-2561.  Seating is limited. Physical distancing measures are in effect.

Aug. 20: Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Aug. 27: Wind Across the Everglades
Sept. 3: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Sept. 10: 12 Angry Men
Sept. 17: The Great White Hope
Sept. 24: Billy Jack

Sunday Farmer's Market and Music at the Museum
Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. until the end of October

Come on out to Grove Cottage for live music and an outdoor farmers market. Great family gathering! Free admission to museum. Cafe will be open serving chili, soup, coffee and tea. Donations welcome. Please bring your own lawn chair. Physical distancing measures are in effect.

Leave a legacy

One of the most important decisions of your lifetime is the impact you wish to make through your will or other estate plans. The Cumberland Museum Society gratefully accepts bequests. Call us to discuss planned giving.


The Cumberland County Museum and Archives collects, preserves, and makes available to the public records which pertain to Cumberland County and the surrounding area.

These records are of archival value and are collected through private and public sector sources.

A research room is open to the public for genealogy searches. Information is available on hundreds of local families.


Building and maintaining an active, energetic membership works to establish the Cumberland Museum Society as an essential well recognized, respected, and broadly valued community resource.

Become a Member


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Cumberland County
Museum & Archives

Cumberland County Museum and Archives is housed in Grove Cottage (c 1838), which was the family home of Senator R.B. Dickey, one of Amherst’s four Fathers of Canadian Confederation, who also include Sir Charles Tupper, E.B. Chandler and Jonathan McCully.

The museum presents the natural and human history of Cumberland County with emphasis on its industrial and social history up to the early 20th century. Visitors can explore an art gallery, a collection of genealogy material, and a research room. An extensive archives is also maintained. 
Grove Cottage is surrounded by beautiful gardens for our visitors to enjoy. We invite you to take part in a variety activities including exhibits, programs, special events with historic themes and a gift shop.

Cumberland County Museum and Archives is located in Amherst, Nova Scotia, in the Northumberland Shore region. We are a member of the Cumberland County Heritage Network Society which consists of approximately 20 arts, cultural and heritage sites. Bus tours are welcome.