Ottawa House
By-the-Sea Museum

A gem on the Bay of Fundy Shore in Nova Scotia

Open June 1st, 2024 until Thanksgiving weekend 2024

Immerse yourself in our rich seafaring and rum-running history

On The Minas Basin

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

Admission Prices

$8 for Adults
$6 for seniors and those aged 12 to 18.
Children under 12 are free.


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

Remeer (Remeer)
Remeer (Remeer)
Visited from Halifax, we visited on Sep 23 2023, there was a Model train setup down stairs and upstairs had a plethora of history, boats, tools, all very nice. Anyone interested in marine history will like this place. There is also a public beach out front, which is nice for walking by.
Very well kept, interesting programs, seriously informative.
John G
John G
Nice historical site

Come Visit Us

Open for the season starting  June 1, 2024. Check our Calendar for current Hours and upcoming events.


1155 Whitehall Road
Parrsboro, NS
B0M 1S0
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