Northumberland Fisheries Museum

Where the Salt of the Earth meets the Salt of the Sea

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The Northumberland Fisheries Museum and Lighthouse Research & Interpretative Centre in Pictou, Nova Scotia pay tribute to the fisheries industry of the region by preserving the rich sea heritage and culture and helping conserve the vulnerable lobster populations in the Northumberland Strait.

We are committed to bringing awareness to the public as to the heritage and culture of the fishing industry, past and present by collecting, preserving, and displaying artifacts.

This Swampscott Dory was built by Richard Bennett who generously donated this labour of love to the museum for all to enjoy,

We invite you to Explore the Museum.

Museum Attractions

The Main Museum

The Main Museum contains artifacts depicting the heritage and culture of the fishing industry and boat building. A gift shop is also on this site. The Museum also offers a touch tank where you can get up close with rare lobsters and more!

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The Lighthouse Centre

The Lighthouse Research & Interpretative Centre is housed in a replica 1905 lighthouse that showcases research material, artifacts, and photographs.

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Interpretative Panels & Benches

Wharf with a walkway accessible around the facility. Interpretative panels on the wharf provide information about the fishing industry along the Northumberland Strait.Memorial benches located along the wharf, between the panels, a great spot to sit and enjoy the harbour view.

The Gift Shop

Take a moment to browse through our on-site gift shop where you just may find the perfect souvenir for yourself or someone special. We have a unique selection of books, t-shirts, postcards, jewelry, mugs, magnets, and much more.

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What Our Visitors Are Saying...

Rare Lobsters From Our Touch Tank

Our touch tank offers visitors the opportunity to experience something that most people do not ever get the chance to experience - rare lobsters! How rare? A white lobster, known as an albino lobster, appears to be the most rare at an estimated 1 in 100 million. Coming in second place with an approximate 1 in 30 million, is the calico lobster with a mix of orange and yellow spots while the estimate of catching a blue lobster is at about 1 in 2 million!

You just never know what we will have in the touch tank for you this year. We invite you to come experience the Museum to find out.