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“Beautiful Harbor!”

Hector Heritage Quay
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Pictou
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Lovely people, happy to tell about the town and its Scottish heritage. Bagpipers and other music several nights a week!

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The reproduction of the ship is breathtaking, the ship's hold haunting. The museum is well built and laid out, though it needs more emotion (like audio recordings of readings or stories, rather than long story boards.) Be sure to ask the friendly staff lots of questions.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We visited the Hector during the tall ships' visit to Pictou. The staff were very friendly -- and extremely tolerant of the fact that some of our shipmates who had arrived earlier were "rerigging our ship" rearranging lines "properly". You can look below decks on this tiny ship -- take a few moments to try to imagine what it would have been like to be stuck down there with nearly 200 other people for weeks on end in the middle of the ocean. The captain's tiny cabin astern is also open to view. In the museum, many displays have been made to fit in a relatively small building. The murals describe the earlier history of the Scots who arrived here, their voyage, and the settlement of the Pictou area. One display area includes a recording of creaking timbers to put you in the mood. The mannequins are striking; several have been created with tears in their eyes. If you take the time to really think about what their lives might have been like, you cannot help but be touched. I wish we had had time to read everything -- if you are really interested in the history, you could spend a whole afternoon in here. There were also some paintings upstairs in a small gallery; I believe some were for sale. The lobby includes a nice model of the ship. Downstairs in the museum is a workshop showing figureheads and miscellaneous nautical gear and tackle. You can watch a video on the history of the ship and the re-creation. A short distance away is a little gift shop jam-packed with stuff, from books (there is a book about the Hector and Pictou settlement) to shirts to glass ornaments and jewelry; from expensive arty things to silly plastic pirate things for the kids.
I had heard of the Hector and was glad to finally see it. The town is justifiably proud of its replica and we enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

This was a very well put together museum, with great displays that had a lot of information. The writing was a little too much to read (and I am a fast reader) and by the 8th display, we were just skimming to read the basic information. If this is your heritage (that is, your ancestors came over from Scotland at this time) you will find this museum very very interesting. Staff was very friendly, and it was interesting to get to go on a full sized model of the ship. Definitely more for history buffs, as kids won't read the long paragraphs at each display.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

My husband spent hours talking with the guide. The history of the ship's voyage and its passengers was amazing. Take a tour and imagine how so many people could live on this ship for such a long journey.

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