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.


View our latest newsletter HERE


Yuletide Tea
Join us in re-living memories of “Christmas on the Home front” as we celebrate our annual Yuletide Tea at the Kings County Museum. Enjoy a traditional "cream tea" of tea & scones and plan on doing some holiday shopping at our bake/sales table while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. While here visit our Victorian Parlour all decked out in its Christmas Finery and our current exhibit, "A Soldiers Story" exploring the lives of young men training at King's County's Camp Aldershot before serving in WW1.

Kings County Museum, 37 Cornwallis St., Kentville, NS. Saturday December 6, 2014 2-3 pm

Admission is by free will donation (a suggested minimum of $5.00). To learn more please contact the museum at 902-678-6237.


The next monthly meeting of Kings Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, November 25th, 7.30pm at Kings County Museum, 37 Cornwallis St., Kentville, NS. Following the meeting, guest speaker Julian Gwyn will talk on Berwick’s Place in Nova Scotia’s Apple Industry, 1863-2013. His lecture will explain Berwick’s branding, since 1988, as the apple capital of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Julian Gwynn has been a Professor Emeritus of the University of Ottawa since 1997, following a research and teaching career of 42 years.  His areas of research and publication include NS as a British Colony before Confederation, and his areas of expertise include naval and socioeconomic history.  He has published books on Louisburg, the Halifax Naval Yard, the North American Squadron, and the Nova Scotia Economy from 1740-1870.  He has authored 35 Journal articles as well as chapters in books of essays on Nova Scotia topics, and a booklet on the New England Planters in the Minas Basin Townships.


A Soldier’s Story

Explore the lives of young men training at Camp Aldershot before going overseas to fight in World War 1.

The exhibit will run from mid-September to December.

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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