Kings County Museum, Kentville, NS


The museum is housed in the old courthouse which was built in 1903, and since 1980 has been run as a museum by the Kings Historical Society.

The original courtroom and furnishings are maintained as one of the museum’s outstanding permanent exhibits. Visit our Exhibits page to learn more about our other permanent exhibits.

The Kings Historical Society has a very active genealogy committee. Our Community & Family History page describes the impressive archive of family and community history and other resources for genealogists.

Our Book Shop contains a wide variety of general interest publications and some specialized materials of interest to genealogists.

If you would like to help the museum financially, you can do so on-line using PayPal.

Museum Hours and Contact Information

Normal opening hours are Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

The Kings Historical Society
c/o The Kings County Museum
37 Cornwallis Street
Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
B4N 2E2

Phone: (902) 678-6237
Fax: (902) 678-2764

On-line Resources

Explore our collection online at NovaMuse
Click here to take a virtual tour of the museum's four main exhibit areas.
Explore our collection of historical photos by A.L. Hardy.
Follow us on FaceBook
Routes to Your Roots video, produced by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives highlighting some of our museum's resources.

* Sketch of Old Kings County Courthouse by Twila Robar-DeCoste.

Special Notice

The Kings Historical Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on May 26, 2015 at 7.30pm at the Kings Courthouse Museum. At that meeting the membership will be asked to vote on changes to the Society’s By-laws and Trustee By-laws and it is required that the proposed changes be provided to the membership 30 days in advance.

The proposed changes are outlined in a letter from the curator and a letter from the president.

Details of the changes are provided in the following three documents:

Please carefully review the proposed changes and do not hesitate to contact the curator or president if you require further information.

The meeting will be followed by “Isle Haute - the Mysterious and Lonely Island”, an illustrated talk by Paul Illsley.


This DVD is available at the museum. Please call (902)678-6237 or e-mail: for further information. $20.00 plus $4:00 S&H.

Museum Projects

”The Big Reveal”
On June 19, 2014 conservator and KHS president, Kelly Bourassa, opened a time capsule recovered from the recently-demolished Kings County Academy. The contents appeared to have survived their 85 year interment but Kelly deemed it wiser to resist the temptation to immediately extract everything from the box. As he works on this project he will provide updates on his progress on his website, Kelly’s Conservation Corner

The Irish in Kings County A committee of our Genealogy and Family History department is seeking information in order to compile a history of Irish settlers in Kings County. The history of the Acadians and the New England Planters is well known but there was a sizeable immigration of Irish settlers about whom we know very little.

The committee has prepared a questionnaire which you can download HERE if you have any information which might be useful.

CLICK HERE to visit the "Irish in Kings Co., Nova Scotia" web page.

Conservation in Action

Visit Kelly's Conservation Corner, Kelly Bourassa's blog describing his conservation work at the museum.

The Leon Barron Project

Visit our new web page to learn more about this amazing collection of photos, documents, newspaper clippings, maps and artifacts bequeathed to the museum by Leon Barron.

Nova Scotia - New England Planters Registry The Nova Scotia - New England Planters Registry Committee of the Kings Historical Society has been formed to recognize the descendants of the New England Planters who came to Nova Scotia from 1760 to 1774. Some 8000 people migrated from the New England Colonies to Nova Scotia after the proclamations of 1758 and 1759.

To obtain further information and a downloadable application form PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Cost is $50.00 for the first certificate (one direct line) and $10.00 for each additional direct line certificate such as children and grandchildren. Cheques should be made payable to the Kings Historical Society. We also accept Paypal payments.

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