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Dory Shop Museum

Dock Street | Historic Waterfront, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-4003
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A real gem ... don't miss it

Shelburne is probably one of the most authentic places to visit in Nova Scotia, and out of the... read more

Reviewed 5 February 2018
dave_b15
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Montreal, Canada
Very interesting shop!!!

Very interesting shop right down by the water. All the whirly gigs were spinning like crazy... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
bummerscat4
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canada
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Dock Street | Historic Waterfront, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Shelburne is probably one of the most authentic places to visit in Nova Scotia, and out of the places to visit there, the Dory Shop Museum is really living history. This is not some Disney-flavoured experience, so just go, listen to those working there, and...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Very interesting shop right down by the water. All the whirly gigs were spinning like crazy. Inexpensive interesting gifts.

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Enjoyed the display, information and film that could've viewed. Learnt a lot about the dory boat building.

Thank Lind L
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

My husband and I just happened to stop in Shelburne on our way from Yarmouth to Lunenburg. Boy, were we glad we did! There was a fun whirligig festival in progress on the lawns of the historic waterfront, and our first stop, at the Dory...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We bought the three pack entrance to the museums in Shelburne. The Dory Shop Museum was very interesting and a fun way to learn about the history of dory building in Shelburne and surrounding area. Very knowledgable and friendly staff.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

The hostess took us on a guided tour of all the Dorys in the bottom. Very interesting, she really knew her facts and very friendly. We went up stairs to the workshop and got to see an amazing shop. The Master Dory Maker was building...More

Thank chattingkat
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

I think my husband thinks he wants to come back and buy a dory to bring back to Alberta! The boat builders were very well normative and happy to explain details of a he trade.

Thank SuMu00
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

The Dory boats were an essential part of this fishing community, and the Dory Shop museum does a fantastic job of blending story and information so that the experience is both informative and moving. Lovely volunteers keeping the building craft alive as well!

Thank Jessika R
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Quaint workshop full of boat building material and memorabilia. We could hear the hammering and vacuuming coming from the loft and assumed they were open - turns out opening day is June 1st! Thank you so much for letting us stay to take a few...More

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Dory Shop S, Senior Heritage Interpeter- Dory Shop Museum at Dory Shop Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Hi! We have posted some photos of our Canada 150 Dory here on our Trip Advisor page for you to see. We hope you enjoy them. You can also see more photos and videos of the launch of the Canada 150 Dory on our Facebook...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Shelburne is a super unique little town. If you love history, old buildings, and interesting people.. this town is for you. Make sure you stop by the Museum's "Dory Shop," where they still make boats the same way they did 150 years ago.

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