Northumberland Fisheries Museum: Interesting, Educational and Fun

71 Front Street
Pictou, Nova Scotia

The Northumberland Fisheries Museum prides itself on preserving the rich sea heritage and culture along the Northumberland Strait. This local attraction pays tribute to the life and times of all those involved, past and present, in the fishing industry in the region. Located on the Pictou Waterfront there are many interesting exhibits and programs to enjoy: 

  • Live Lobster touch tank
  • An authentic Fisherman's bunkhouse
  • A 1930's racing boat: "The Silver Bullet"
  • Over 2500 historical artifacts
  • Cannery Display
  • Rare live lobsters, including our blue lobster
  • Sea heritage photos
  • Boat Models
  • Fishing Videos
  • .....and much more


This site used to be the official website for the Northumberland Fisheries Museum. The content below is from 2006 archived pages.

To find the most up to date information regarding the Northumberland Fisheries Museum & Pictou Lobster Hatchery, go to their Facebook page:


The Northumberland Fisheries Museum contains many artifacts related to the area's fishing industry and people. The museum reopened in 1998, presenting a fresh new look in the restored CN station. The museum contains an original fisherman's bunkhouse, complete with authentic furnishings and utensils from the turn of the century. Proudly displayed is the "Silver Bullet" vessel, built in the early 1930's by Samuel MacMaster. Also displayed is a collection of over 80 photos dating from 1900-1950 plus various fishing tool and devices, boat models and trophies. Periodic demonstrations of a bygone way of life are presented throughout the season. 

A small admission fee is charged.

There are three sites to visit: 

  • 5 Caladh Ave, Lobster Stock Enhancement Research facility, an operating lobster hatchery
  • 7 Caladh Ave, Lighthouse Museum & Research Centre, a replica 1905 lighthouse that showcases research material, artifacts, and photographs
  • 71 Front St, main museum contains artifacts depicting the heritage and culture of the fishing industry.

Children's program and hatchery lab; tours available. 


Interested in Becoming a Member?

Northumberland Fisheries Museum & Heritage Association

Please consider supporting the Northumberland Fisheries Museum & Heritage Association through associate membership. Not only will you be supporting the work of the museum but also the education division that travels to schools and communities from October to May through out the Maritimes. This helps the youth and communities to be aware of their rich fishing heritage and encourage them to be proud of it.

As an associate you will receive:

  • Semi annual news letters detailing current activities of the museum and interesting stories from the archives.
  • Personal invitations to special events and presentations.
  • Membership ID good for free admission to the museum.

On August 26 2006 during Seaside Sales all members will be automatically entered in our Special Associate Members Draw of a framed print of 'Good Morning Pictou' by artist, Gary Nowlan ~



2006 Board of Directors
Annual General Meeting June 14 2006

Executive Committee
Co-Chairperson - David MacKeil, Caribou NS
Co-Chairperson - Gary Nowlan, Pictou NS
Co-Vice Chairperson - Wally Gallant, Pictou NS
Co-Vice Chairperson - Bill Henderson, Pictou NS
Secretary - Alta Munroe, Pictou NS
Treasurer - Jill Graham-Scanlan, Scotsburn NS
Town Councilor Representative - Shawn MacNamara, Pictou NS
County Councilor Representative - Roy MacDonald, Merigomish NS
Fundraising Chairperson - Sandy Mackay, Pictou NS
Fundraising Co-Chairperson - Alta Munroe, Pictou NS
Building Committee Chairperson - David MacKeil, Caribou NS
Board of Directors
Anne MacMaster - past Secretary; Braeshore NS
Darrell Sutherland, Toney River NS
Rose MacCallum, Pictou NS
David MacCarthy, Three Brooks NS
Eric Scanlan - Pictou Island, NS
Brittany MacKeil - Caribou NS
Charlie Clarke, Caribou River NS
Robert Mills - Pictou NS
Camille Poirier - Pictou NS
Travis Noel - Pictou NS
Keith Munsie - Pictou NS
Michelle Davey - Business Coordinator
Pearl Joyce - Outreach Coordinator
Lois Kitchen - Exhibit Coordinator
Linda Laybolt - Research Coordinator
Summer Staff
Dawn Tobey - Jennifer Feehan - Meghan Rudolph


2016 Yelp Reviews




A Family Trip to a Special Museum”

September 2016

Baltimore Maryland

This was the last leg of a late summer vacation to Canada before we headed home to the start of a major move. While my wife had been planning this vacation, I had spent my time searching for the best relocation service near Baltimore. I would say I lucked out finding Von Paris Moving & Storage, a family-owned and operated moving and storage company that had been around since 1892. It was now run by the third, fourth and fifth generation family members. Our move was going to be to New York City. What I liked about Von Paris was not only were they a local moving company, but also were is a full service agent for northAmerican Van Lines and their global network of storage facilities. While we were leaving on our three week vacation, the Von Paris trucks were pulling out of the drive way heading towards NYC where our household goods would be put into storage while the condo we were moving into was being painted. The plan was that three days before we arrived at our new home, everything would be moved into our new place. My brother was going to over see the move in and general unpacking that was arranged through Von Paris. So here we are in Pictou, Nova Scotia learning about how lobsters hatch and looking at artifacts from the early 20th century. We finished up our tour of the three different site's and then enjoyed a delicious lunch of lobster rolls at a local eatery. Late the same day we took a plane from New Glasgow to Boston and then on to New York City. What a contrast driving into Manhattan after spending the morning in Nova Scotia. If you are in the New Glasgow area, consider a side trip to the Northumberland Fisheries Museum.


The kids loved the Lobster Hatchery!”

August 2016

Geomamma    Ontario

My kids enjoyed learning all about how Lobsters Hatch and they loved getting to hold the lobsters. Really cool opportunity. The museum itself was less of an attraction for the kids but I thought it was well done. Great staff and volunteers!


2“Adopt a lobster ”

August 2016


St. Catharines, Canada

We arrived 1/2hr before closing ; they allowed us a self guided tour - which worked very well. So many interesting artifacts and wonderful history of fishing in the area ! We were told to see the lobster hatchery 'tour guide' in a few moments as he just took a family on the tour. As soon as he was done...



 “Definite Hidden Gem that needs you!”

June 26, 2016


Boston, Massachusetts

Support Lobster replenishment and also plan to be entertained. Interesting, educational and fun for a minimal price. Very nice and well informed staff who are giving of their time. Just adored watching the baby lobsters the size of a half inch dashing around and trying out their claws, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see. Ever feel lobster eggs? You can here and they are still attached to mom ! Support the center and send a family of four straight into the Northumberland Strait via the tube flush or take a few great shots from the lighthouse that you cannot get from anywhere else on the waterfront at that angle and height. Every cent is raised by the center and put right back into the project. Loved the authentic fishing hut. It is extremely cool to experience. Please do not use a flash when you get a picture of Bertha. The flash seems to bother her eyes. They tell me next year tee shirts and hats for sale. Honestly will complete the experience.



“Super cool and educational non-profit”

June 14, 2016


Winnipeg, MB

Tours of the lobster hatchery, interpretive museum displays and inside the light house were super cool. The staff were very friendly and informative. A great way to spend 30-60min learning about the lobster, scallop and fishing industries and conservation efforts. Thanks for the great experience.