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Chestico Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Little gem in a less travelled part of Cape Breton island, Nova Scotia

Stopped here last weekend en route from New Glasgow to Cheticamp. Amazing little museum with lots... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
Well worth an hour of your time

We had an hour to wait before check-in time so decided to stop in here. I'm so glad we did. Our... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Catriona T
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The Chestico Museum & Historical Society was established in 1978 by a dedicated group of local residents who wanted to preserve Port Hood’s history and heritage. Highlighting the history and heritage of the Port Hood area, our mission has been to...more
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8095 Highway 19, Port Hood, Nova Scotia B0E 2W0, Canada
+1 902-787-2244
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

Stopped here last weekend en route from New Glasgow to Cheticamp. Amazing little museum with lots of information about the former mining villages in the area. When we visited 2 local ladies were doing archival research. Museum was originally a 2 room school house and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed July 21, 2018

We had an hour to wait before check-in time so decided to stop in here. I'm so glad we did. Our tour guide, Mary Chisholm, was friendly, informative and engaging. She provided lots of context for the items on display and gave us a real...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Catriona T
Reviewed June 19, 2018

This place is pretty tiny, but they've done a very nice job displaying the history of Port Hood. The panels that explain the last 200+ years are beautifully done, with photos and stories of the economic ups and downs of the area and of the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jim and Julie M
Reviewed October 5, 2017

When we entered, we were welcomed like friends. The nice lady would tell us that in the past, they would quarry and load on barges to Louisburg. She then introduced us to the Chestico. This is what happened. The French needed stones to build the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed September 4, 2017

I stumbled across this little gem today doing a "I am from Cape Breton, but I am going to be a tourist day". This museum has a curator who is an amazing historian, you get excited by her knowledge and her ability to tell history....More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

Joanne Watts has been the curator for ten years. She is extremly knowledgable and friendly. My grandmother was born and raised in Port Hood. I was looking for information about her family. Joanne pulled notebooks and books off the shelves about my family. She also...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

We visit Port Hood every year. This year we decided to spend a little time in the museum. I was very pleased and somewhat surprised to see the excellent exhibits they have there. It has made me very aware of the rich history that Port...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 12, 2016

Great place to do research on families of the area. Staff are very helpful and lots of free parking . Wheelchair assessable.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Pauline. M
Reviewed July 18, 2016

It's a museum that shows the history of Port Hood. If you are into history, you will enjoy it. Specially if you had family members living in this area before, you can trace your root.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed October 14, 2015

What a great place to learn the history of Port Hood and surrounding area. Lots to see and the staff are very knowledgeable and can answer all your questions. They may also pick your brain a bit to see if you might know something useful...More

Date of experience: July 2015
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