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“Entertaining and informative!”

Knaut-Rhuland House
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Lunenburg and Mahone Bay Day Trip from Halifax
Ranked #12 of 37 things to do in Lunenburg
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

This historical home is a not-to-be-missed Lunenberg attraction. It presents true stories from Lunenberg's founding and history that are fascinating and entertaining to all ages. Our visit to this preserved house was one of the highlights of our week-long stay in the area and gave me food for thought for a long time. It's on a street that runs parallel to Lunenberg harbor and would be easy to miss if you're not looking for it. I recommend it highly.

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Reviewed September 5, 2011

The Knaut-Rhuland House is one of the earliest existing merchant houses in Lununberg's Old Town and is an excellent scene-setter for any visit. The volunteer guide on duty on the day of our visit went the extra mile in explaining the history of both the buidling and the town. As with all good museums we felt we knew a lot more after we left than when we had arrived.

7  Thank DouzePointsGeordie
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

I visited this house after seeing the sign out on the footpath, so I was glad it was there. The house was built in 1793 according to the guide in costume who took me around on a tour. It was great to be able to see into one of Lunenburg’s old homes - apparently this is the only old house in Lunenburg that’s open to the public. The tour was to rooms on the main and first floors. As well as telling the history of the house and its many original features there were other exhibitions that were a delight.

One room was set out as a costume gallery with lovely costumes, original and reproductions. In the next room upstairs was a section about the first 100 years of Lunenburg’s history from the landing of the “Foreign Protestants” in 1753; apparently these settlers were brought to Lunenburg by the British though they came predominately from Germany. This exhibition included stories from the period including an attack on Lunenburg by Boston privateers and that was illustrated by a wonderful display that included the deck of a privateer ship and a cannon!

In the smaller rooms on the ground floor are more exhibitions, one showing women’s crafts - spinning and weaving and apparently there are demonstrations of all the crafts on Mondays, but unfortunately I visited on a Thursday. My guide though did work the large walking wheel to show me how it was operated.

This house museum is well worth a visit. Admission was free but I had so enjoyed my time there that a good donation in the box to help with restoration costs was definitely in order.

11  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

This was a welcome stop for us as we were travelling with our grandchildren and the expenses were piling up, it's rare to find such a great place and not to be asked for admission. The woman in costume took time with the children, answering questions and showing us all around. Impressive collection, and an impressive old home. You come into the town and wonder if there is any way you could ever see the inside of one of these old homes, this is the way to do it.....

8  Thank hittintheroad60
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

This place can be easily missed but it is well worth seeking out..especially if you came to Lunenburg because it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site, because they will show you why. Much of this old home is in it's original condition, though you will see that it is in need of ongoing restoration, you will be charmed by the displays that give you a real feel for life in the towns first 100 yrs (about 1750-1850?) Costumed guides who are well informed and you can either have them show you around or do a self guided tour at your leisure. Lovely gardens have been created in limited space......take the time to see this. No admission fee but it's hard not to leave without making a bit of a donation to assist in the restoration efforts....

11  Thank novascotiamemories
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