About our Museum
We are one of the oldest community museums in Canada.
Our focus is on Bridgewater's history.
We have over 8000 artifacts that help document the history of Bridgewater.
Our building was built specifically to house Judge DesBrisay's collection and opened in 1969.
We are owned by the Town of Bridgewater.
We operate year round, with reduced visitor hours during the winter months.
We are situated in Woodland Gardens, with a duck pond, walking trails, wooded area and grassy parkland.
WHY VISIT US?
Learn how Bridgewater was settled
Understand the role lumber and shipping played in our town's growth
Learn more about our namesake, Judge DesBrisay
Be inspired by those who came before us
Appreciate how oxen are such a big part of our history
Learn how W. T. Ritcey and gas engines put us on the map
Be in awe of the Great Fire of 1899 that destroyed most of downtown Bridgewater
Explore new exhibits 6 times a year in our Community Exhibit Centre
See an amazing collection of Lunenburg County folk art
Research a topic for your heritage project
Examine our extensive collection of images and postcards
Smile as your kids don detective hats, take their magnifying glasses and become DesBrisay Detectives
Learn more about museums in our Visible Storage Gallery
Browse our gift shop with historic photos and reproductions from our Collection, and books on local folklore, history and geography
Research shows that visting a museum can be meaningful and make you happier in the long run!
CAN'T VISIT US?
Take a Virtual Tour of our museum!
Our staff are happy to speak to your group or class. Just give us a call!
DesBrisay Museum is supported in part by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage