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Black Loyalist Heritage Centre

119 Birchtown Rd, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-1310
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The significance of this Heritage Centre was a tremendous surprise in a free history lesson, a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
St. John's, Canada
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Gem of a museum!

Fascinating interactive journey through the tragic history of the Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
New York City, New York
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Depending on the weather you may want to bring a picnic lunch and nourish yourself before you begin this extraordinary experience of the old and new. Climb up the Shaw Turret where we commemorated all Black Loyalist communities as you overlook Birchtown Bay. Or enter into the Centre's Lindsey Gallery and dive into the multimedia presentation of the Black Loyalist journey from Africa to the US then to Nova Scotia and back to Africa. Explore the virtual copy of the Carlton's Book of Negroes and search for your ancestor who may have experienced part of this incredible journey. Also explore our amazing archaeological pit which embodies this extraordinary narrative of the past and present. Have fun examining the archaeological artifacts excavated here in Birchtown. Before you leave us please take the time to create a virtual quilt square that will tell us about your experience and how this story has impacted you and what you have learned. Please continue to explore our site and visit our historical buildings where you can view our Bunce Island exhibit and movie, the National Historic Monument that commemorated the 1783 Black Loyalist Landings of Nova Scotia, explore our Heritage Trail and visit the Pit House. Be prepared to spend some time with us.
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119 Birchtown Rd, Shelburne, Nova Scotia B0T 1W0, Canada
+1 902-875-1310
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The significance of this Heritage Centre was a tremendous surprise in a free history lesson, a lesson which Awakened me to the inhumanity of humans to humans.  It is not that I have not know about this before but this specific Black Loyalist Heritage Centre...More

Thank Jnanayog
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Fascinating interactive journey through the tragic history of the Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia. Even though this is a relatively small space , the museum provides a lot of interesting information about this important episode in American and Canadian history

Thank houdi
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This hidden gem is small yet packs a punch and it really needs to be seen to be believed. Interactive displays serve as detailed timelines and the information is concise and easily accessible. Despite its size, you could easily spend a minimum of 5 hours...More

Thank Room_Key_Replacement
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We return to the Black Loyalist Centre at least once a year. It's a truly remarkable presence. It may seem small and unassuming but that's far from the reality. It has depth, character and a friendly, helpful staff. The opportunity to interact and take as...More

Thank chutede
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We travelled 2.5 hours down to Birchtown to see the museum as we had seen the series that had been filmed here. For a start it took us a while to find as it's not clearly signposted and when we arrived we found a note...More

Thank sagreen1979
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We have been going to Shelburne for over 20 years now and were saddened to hear about the fire here. In 2015 we visited the new museum and are true believers that things happen for a reason. In this case, a good one as this...More

Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We visited this centre and learned lots about the history of black loyalists who came to Birchtown in the aftermath of the American Revolution. The building is modern and well designed and the staff were really well informed. However, I wanted to learn all I...More

Thank HappyCanadianHiker
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a lovely building offering the history of Birchtown where most Afro American Empire Loyalists settled. You are given a card with the name of a person who arrived there and are invited to do a search about them in their interactive displays. The...More

Thank Manitobans
Reviewed 17 September 2016

The museum was my reason for going to Shelbourne. After reading The Book of Negroes and seeing the series on CBC, I wanted to visit Birchtown.Gorgeous building and the walk around the old settlement added so much to the experience, particularly seeing the pit house....More

Thank fundy456
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This center is a little hard to find but when you find it it is well worth it.It gives you a good look at what the black people had to injure in the early years.This is a must stop if you are ever in the...More

Thank gooilersLeduc
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16 August 2016|
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Response from Compuvideo | Reviewed this property |
I agree that a day in Lunenburg would be worthwhile. There are also some very good restaurants in that town. You might also find some intersting thongs to visit in Liverpool, about half way from Lunenburg to Shelburne. I... More
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7 July 2015|
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Response from Arlene O | Property representative |
Adult $8 Student/Senior $5 Children under 5 free Family Admission $20.00 (Max of 2 adults and 3 children