Shelburne’s Historic Waterfront – Museums by the Sea is a complex which includes three museums and several 18th century buildings. Central to the complex and open year round is the Shelburne County Museum which has changing exhibits and includes permanent exhibits on the Loyalists who arrived in Shelburne at the end of the American Revolution and the shipbuilding history of the area. It also houses the oldest fire pumper in Canada.
The Ross Thomson House & Store museum depicts 18th century life in Shelburne during its Loyalist heyday. The Ross brothers had a vibrant shipping business which supplied the store. Come and get a chance to try your skills at some 18th century trades such as wheel wrighting, butter churning, writing with a quill, spinning and cooking over an open fire.
In the Dory Shop Museum, Master Dory Builder Milford Buchanan still builds dories onsite using traditional methods in the historically outfitted shop. You can give him a hand or take a tour to learn about the life of a 19th century fisherman on the Grand Banks. Or go for a dory ride and make your own whirligig.