Black Loyalist Heritage Centre names from The Book of Negroes

Black Loyalist Heritage Centre 

The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre tells the story of the world’s largest free African population outside of Africa, in the late 18th century in Nova Scotia.

In addition to the Centre, you can also visit historic buildings and the National Monument commemorating the Black Loyalist Landing in Birchtown in 1783.

As you explore our site, which is located on a stunning two-acre property overlookiing Shelburne Harbour, you will experience a sense of peacefulness in knowing you are walking in the footsteps of our ancestors, as the southeast breeze blows through your hair and Acker’s Brook babbles in the background.

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Discover their stories

Enjoy the view of Birchtown Bay when you climb up the Shaw Turret, which commemorates all Black Loyalist communities in Nova Scotia. Enter the Centre’s Lindsay Gallery and immerse yourself in the multimedia presentation of the Black Loyalist journey from Africa to the American colonies, then to Nova Scotia and back to Africa. Explore the virtual copy of the Carlton’s Book of Negroes and search for an ancestor who may have experienced part of this incredible journey.


October 15 - May 31:
Open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm

June 1 - Oct 11:
Open daily 10am to 5pm

To schedule a class tour or group booking please call 902-875-1310 or email:  To schedule a presentation please call 902-875-1310 or email

Please note

The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre will be closed on Monday, October 14 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 


Adult $9.20
Senior (65+) $5.75
Child (6-17) $5.75
Child (5 & under) Free
Family (max 2 adults & 3 children) $23.00

Tell your story

Create a virtual quilt square that will tell us about your experience and how this story has impacted you.

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Unlimited Visits

Come for an hour or stay for the day.  The choice is yours with a Nova Scotia Museum Annual Pass.