The Cumberland County Museum & Archives collects, preserves, interprets and promotes the material and documentary past of Cumberland County for the education and enjoyment of the present and future generations. Here are some of our offerings:

Rare Historical Artifacts

Our oldest artifacts date back thousands of years. Our collection includes Mi'kmaq ancestral objects, Acadian and Yorkshire settler farming tools, and treasures from the industrial history of Cumberland County. This 1872 Amherst Gazette provides a peek at life 148 years ago, when the Intercolonial Railroad had just arrived in Amherst.


Cumberland County was home to inventors, athletes, authors, artists, activists, industrialists, and even one of Canada's prime ministers! Our exhibits and research materials are filled with their stories (including some secrets and scandals!)

Photographs and letters donated by the great-great-grandchildren of Robert Barry Dickey.
Large portrait of Mary Blair Stewart, on loan from the great-great granddaughter of Mary and Robert Barry Dickey.

Fathers of Confederation

Four of Canada's Fathers of Confederation were born in Amherst and area. They were Senator R.B. Dickey, Sir Charles Tupper, E.B. Chandler and Jonathan McCully.

Fathers of Confederation illustration by Robert Harris done in 1884. The scene is an amalgamation of the Charlottetown and Quebec City conference sites and attendees.

Historical Interest

Bank of Nova Scotia
Industrial History


Amherst Piano
Gramophones and Tubas


Women's Hockey