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Hector Heritage Quay

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Address: 33 Caladh Avenue, Pictou, Nova Scotia B0K 1H0, Canada
Phone Number: (902) 485-4371
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Great museum and opportunity to learn!

We enjoyed visiting the Hector and learning about our Scottish heritage. The museum is really well done with loads of information and exhibits. The ship is fascinating - you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed visiting the Hector and learning about our Scottish heritage. The museum is really well done with loads of information and exhibits. The ship is fascinating - you can go down below deck and see the bunks which is really amazing considering how many people were stuffed in there.

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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An intriguing history of the immigrants who came to escape poverty and persecution in Scotland. The ship is the most curious sight: it's difficult to imagine so many people stuffed below deck.

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Lanzarote, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful exhibition, with authentic exhibits accompanied with detailed explanations. The Hector, the ship that brought the settlers over, has been replicated by local enthusiasts over a period of 10 years and is moored alongside the exhibition centre and can be toured as well. Go visit, it a great way to spend two or three hours for youngsters and "oldies" alike,... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I knew little about the Hector until friends from Nova Scotia informed me about its place in local history. Not only Was the story of the Hector a fascinating one but the Heritage Quay does a superb job in educating the public about the history of the ship. However, it doesn't stop there because there is a replica of the... More 

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Thank jrgiard
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The well laid out museum and videos explain the hardships and extreme challenges these early settler were forced to deal with. The boat is sobering to board and go beneath to see how these people crossed the ocean to a new land. They were brave to even get on the boat.

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Thank Paul M
Keswick, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're interested in how your Scottish ancestors came to Canada, this is a great place to stop and be amazed by their stamina and perseverance. There's a lot of reading, but it's very informative. Visiting the ship and seeing where they spent so many months was humbling.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

The HMS Hector is a fabulous sight to see as you arrive at the museum. The history behind the ship's voyage and the Scottish passengers is amazing day this is explained via several detailed information boards. There is a short video explaining the reconstruction of the Hector and the effort undertaken. It truly is an amazing feat. And to think... More 

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Thank Peter_4825
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Brings to light in a very personable fashion the hardships of the settlers in the new world. Captivating exhibits and nice film to compliment. Make the effort to visit when in Pictou, you will not be disappointed.

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a smallish, earnest museum dedicated to telling a remarkable story. The story is the emigration of 189 Highland Scots in 1773 on a terrifying little ship. The displays are pretty basic, mostly manikins in period clothing set against well-done settings, but most of the educational work is done in long swaths of prose. (It's a great museum if... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Visualizing the terrible condition on such a small vessel in a storm was inspiring. Learning about the immigration of the first Scottish settlers was great.

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