Closed until May 1 for renovations and exciting new exhibits!
For group visits and private tours, contact Rebecca Taylor at

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.

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.

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Help us plan our new exhibit called “All in a Day’s Work”!

Finish this sentence:
“An exhibit about the remarkable jobs people did in Cumberland County between the early 1800s and the 1990s just wouldn’t be complete without _____________”
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Sawmills and Grist mills . Most , if not all , houses and barns were built using locally sawn lumber . beams , shingles . And for many years local grist mills ground various grains into flour for local use .



Lobster fishers, folks who worked in the woods, shipbuilders, cannery workers, domestic labour (maids, housekeepers), lighthouse keepers

Educators ,I have a collection of educational artifacts dating back 120 years .

Doctors who did house calls, our hospitals staffed with medical teams, nurses, doctors and support staff. County first responder emergency departments.

Your Bob’s barber shop mug display

Rural mail drivers

Robb Engineering

Logging camps


the building trades


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Can’t wait for the hustle and bustle of the gardening crew. 😊😊😊😊

And the first thing my eyes are drawn to in this beautiful picture is a piece of litter....☹


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