History is the Doorway 
into our Past

The Cumberland County Museum collects, preserves, interprets and promotes the material and documentary past of Cumberland County for the education and enjoyment of the present and future generations. Below are just some of the things you will enjoy when you visit us.

Fathers of Confederation

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

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

Rare Historical Artifacts

This recently donated 1872 Amherst Gazette provides a peek at life 148 years ago. The Intercolonial Railroad had just arrived in Amherst..


Artefacts donated by the great-great grandchildren of Robert Barry Dickey

Large portrait of Mary Blair Stewart is on loan from Mary Brunell the great-great granddaughter of Mary and Robert Barry Dickey

Historical Interest

Bank of Nova Scotia
Amherst Boot and Shoe Factory


Amherst Piano

Gramophones and Tubas


Girls Hockey