Ottawa House
By-the-Sea Museum

A gem on the Bay of Fundy Shore in Nova Scotia

Immerse yourself in our rich seafaring and rum-running history

Enjoy an ice cream on our shaded veranda while you enjoy the magnificent vista of the Minas Basin


Tour our museum, enjoy the grounds and talk with our friendly site interpreters. Open seasonally from June through October.

Get Involved

Contribute, participate, volunteer – share your talents and have fun doing it!

Our Museum

Historic House

This 18th century, hand-hewn timber building was once the summer home of Sir Charles Tupper, Father of Confederation, Premier of Nova Scotia and 6th Prime Minister of Canada.

Museum Exhibits

In the Museum you will find exhibits on shipbuilding, rumrunning and the former settlement on Partridge Island. There are hundreds of artifacts depicting life, culture and industry over more than 200 years.

Genealogy and Archives

The Museum also houses impressive genealogical and archival resources. Our goal is to have materials available as a resource for all types of researchers.

Located on the beautiful Parrsboro Shore of Nova Scotia.

Help support our efforts by making a donation or becoming a member.


We are the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society

The Parrsborough Shore Historical Society was founded in 1976 to gather people interested in preserving the history of the area, but driven specifically by an interest in saving, maintaining and restoring the historic Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum.

What Our Visitors and Friends Say

Steve A
Steve A
Interesting and a scenic spot…
Tina Boutilier
Tina Boutilier
Enjoyed our visit to Ottawa House..very interesting..there is the option of a guided tour but we opted to wander around and take in the scenery ourselves… great beach to walk along as well. Cute little cafe inside. Beautiful views.
Sharon Carrier
Sharon Carrier
We weren’t able to visit as we arrived just when they were closing but the ladies we spoke to were very friendly.
William Farley
William Farley
Great ice cream
Very informative, lots of history here. Definitely recommend
Laura Andrea
Laura Andrea
Such a great historical place! Felt like we stepped back in time. Great for photo taking…beach is huge and so much to explore. Museum is great as well! So many wonderful scenic shots!
Bobbi Smith
Bobbi Smith
Great history in this building…if you’re in the area stop by and support the preservation of this great building…the views from this location are worth the trip alone!
Andrew Jennings
Andrew Jennings
Beautiful vistas, interesting hiking.

Come Visit Us

Open for the season starting June 3, 2023. Check our Calendar for current Hours and upcoming events.


1155 Whitehall Road
Parrsboro, NS
B0M 1S0
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