Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum

Thank you to all of our visitors for a safe and successful 2020 season! 
To stay up to date on what's happening at the museum during our off-season, including special holiday events, follow us on social media. We will be open again for the 2021 season from July 1st-September 1st from 10am to 4pm daily. 

A Note Regarding COVID-19


Though our doors are closed, our work continues through the winter and spring. Museum staff dedicate their efforts to research, archiving, and cataloging our vast collections of photographs, artifacts, and documents, as well as maintenance improvement projects and exhibit design. We are excited to share our new exhibits, Museum Gift shop and Visitor Information Centre with you next season, and look forward to continuing to share fun activities and local history through our social media channels.

Thank you all for not only continuing to support your local museum but for looking after your fellow community members during this time. We have been inspired by all of you, and endeavor to model the spirit of community that you have shown each other.

The Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society
Mission Statement



The Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society owns and operates the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum on behalf of the community. The Society endeavors to collect, preserve, exhibit artifacts which are used to accurately interpret the rail history of Nova Scotia and the Musquodoboit railway system in particular.


The Heritage Society, through the operation of the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum, is committed to providing opportunities for research and for developing programs that are stimulating, inspire creativity and encourage community participation.


The Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society


The Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Nova Scotia’s rich railway heritage. We believe our role includes working with the community to promote an interest in our past, encourage historical inquiry and provide programs that stimulate interest, satisfy curiosity and encourage participation.


We believe the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Station is an important part of the community and we are committed to its preservation and development as a central focus of the community, a place for celebration and a means to promote the surrounding area.


The Musquodoboit Harbour Heritage Society


As a Society, we come together in the support of the community we serve and dedicate ourselves to further the goals of the Society. Together, we operate under the following values:

  • Commitment

  • Innovation

  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Service to others



Intercolonial Railway Diner Menu
Hand-pump Rail Car
Evangeline Route Poster
Historical Photos
Authentic Signage
Miniature Village
Period Toy Display
Access to 'Rails To Trails' Pathways
A Certified HRM Heritage Property
Collections of Donated Photography
Authentic Railway Memorabilia
Authentic Signage
Museum Renovation Project


Thanks to PPG paints and Timber Mart in Musquodoboit Harbour for donating the paint,

We will finish painting the building and cars this Spring. Other projects include replacing the platform, creating a play area for kids and renovating the area around the clock.


Our Heritage


The construction of railway lines in Nova Scotia was slow to progress until the fall of 1911 when the Dominion Government purchased railway plans and began constructing lines using recycled materials. The line to Musquodoboit Harbour was officially opened in 1916 and became part of the Canadian National Railway.


The railway line to Musquodoboit Harbour ran from Windsor Junction, through Dartmouth, and then followed the shoreline, skirting beaches and fishing communities before turning inland, and eventually reaching Musquodoboit Harbour. From there, it followed the river into the rolling farmlands of the Musquodoboit Valley. Connecting the line to Musquodoboit Harbour was vital to the transportation of raw and manufactured materials from the ports in the Halifax Harbour and the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Prior to the railway line, goods and travel was only available by boat or over very rough roads. The railway station at Musquodoboit Harbour was the first to operate a booking station with a railway agent rather than a caretaker. Today, the railway station is a museum that offers a glimpse into the history of Nova Scotia's railway system including memorabilia, photographs, maps, artefacts, posters, tickets, and a small library.

The Museum


Enjoy the story of Nova Scotia railways at the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum on Route 7. Examine the posters, tickets, maps and photographs in the Canadian Northern Railway station of 1918.


Don't miss the rare ex-CN GE 44-tonner and the unique mail crane. A DAR combine from Nova Scotia's last mixed passenger and freight train is another highlight. A Visitor Information Centre occupies the waiting room and you will find an ice cream stand beside the quiet picnic grove. 

• Railway  line opened in 1916

• Station contructed in 1918

• Added to the CHP list on April 28, 2006 

The Station


Architecturally, the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum is an excellent example of twentieth century railway station design. Railway stations were constructed for the convenience of the passengers and featured nicely furnished waiting rooms, freight sheds, ramps, platforms and living quarters for the railway agents. At the turn of the twentieth century, architectural styles of railway stations began to change from the large vertical brick buildings with tall gables and pitched roofs to a low horizontal wood frame structures. Those built between the late 1800s and early 1900s were long low buildings with broad flared hipped roofs under-pinned with large brackets. Other features of this style include the string course that wraps around the building emphasizing its horizontal form. The Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum is an excellent example of these architectural design elements.

Lions Check Presentation
The Musquodoboit Harbour and District Lions Club donated $10,000 to the  Museum at our Open |House

Support your Railway Museum

T-shirts now available at the Museum
                            $20.00 each



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