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.


View our latest newsletter HERE

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


Monthly Meeting The next monthly meeting of Kings Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at 7.30pm in the Courthouse Museum.

Annual General Meeting The AGM of Kings Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, May 27 at 7.30pm in the Courthouse Museum.


Plan Ahead To Be Entertained! ”The Story of the Montague” is a film documenting the search for the first known shipwreck in the Kings County area after the arrival of the New England Planters. The film will be presented by the Kings Historical Society and filmmaker Stephen Wilsack of Innovative.

Join us at Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre on Friday May 2, at 8pm.

Months of research and filming have created this unique and fascinating story from our rich, historical past. Hear what the experts have to say and come see what has been discovered!

Tickets ($12.00) are on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville, and both the Kings County Museum and R.D. Chisholm in Kentville. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door. For more information call the Kings County Museum at 678-6237.

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.

Museum Projects

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.

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