Visit the Museum
Our collection includes archeological finds from the early French settlement known as Fort Ste. Marie de Grace, artefacts from the local Mi'kmaq who have lived in Nova Scotia for thousands of years, and many items of daily use from the homes of German and English settlers.
Also included are tools and stories of the traditional trades that formed the basis of our early economy, from fishing and transport during the 'Age of Sail', to agriculture and lumbering.
Make a day of it
Pick up a "lunch to go" at the famous LaHave Bakery just down the road, and enjoy eating your picnic surrounded by the gorgeous views overlooking the river and Atlantic Ocean before taking a stroll through the museum.
The LaHave river cable ferry, a popular and fun short-cut to Lunenburg
Crescent Beach, renowned for walking and swimming
Rissers Beach Provincial Park and campground
LaHave Islands Marine Museum
Our Local History
The Mi’kmaq were once known as the porcupine Indians. Their incredible skill in crafting art pieces out of only birch bark and porcupine quills is a wonder to see. The story of their settlements and historic use of the land and rivers around Petite and LaHave is yours to explore at the museum.
European settlement of Canada began with Fort Point, when Razilly established the first capital of what was then called ‘New France’ in 1632. Among the displays chronicling this story and other aspects of Acadian history in the LaHave area, visitors can hold one of the hand made bricks from France which were used as ballast in the ships carrying new settlers here, then used to construct the base of the fort itself.
The English and German Settlers
They came to work the land, harvest the forests, and make their way as carpenters, shipbuilders, cobblers, iron mongers, school teachers and more. Our displays capture the life and work of these early settlers, with tools they used in their work, a typical home set-up, a peddle piano and more.
From its history as a Mi’kmaq portage trade route, through to tall ships, fishing schooners, and trading ships, to today’s essential cable ferry and recreational boating, the LaHave river has been an important waterway with the people who live and work the here. Come see our ship displays and photos of the river’s many past lives.
Experience the History of the LeHave Community
Visit the museum or attend one of our social events.
We're open daily from June 1st - September 1st
10:00am - 5:00pm