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Featured Updates

2020 Off-Season

The Ross-Thomson House & Store Museum and the Dory Shop Museum are now closed for the season. We hope to see you when they reopen on June 1, 2021!


The Shelburne County Museum is now open by appointment or request. Staff hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 5pm, but we advise arranging your visit in advance as we are occasionally working off-site.

To arrange a time to visit the museum or gift shop, you can call us at 902-875-4445 or 902-875-4444, send us an email to, or use the Contact Us form on this site.

We look forward to seeing you!

Face Mask Policy - July 31st, 2020

As of 31 July 2020, wearing a non-medical mask is now mandatory in most indoor spaces, including the museums at Shelburne's Museums by the Sea. Children under two are exempt, as are children aged two to four when their parent or caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask. We ask that you be prepared and bring a mask with you when you are visiting our museums.

Please take a look at the posted "What You Need To Know" document for further health protocols that will be in place in our facilities during this time.

What You Need To Know

Strategic Plan 2018-2021

The Shelburne Historical Society and Shelburne's Museums by the Sea have a new 3-year strategic plan in place. This plan was prepared by Bird & Branch Consulting and was informed by consultations with staff, volunteers, stakeholders and the public. It is available to download and read by clicking the icon to the right. We thank everyone who took the time to take a survey or attend a meeting during this process; Your help was invaluable.

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