Ross Farm Museum
Tourism Region: South Shore , Lighthouse Route , Nova Scotia
The goal of Ross Farm Museum is to give our visitors an understanding of the importance of the land in our collective past and a sense of pride in Nova Scotia's rural heritage that began in the early 1600s. Nova Scotia's Museum of Agricultural is located on a historic 60 acre site in the heart of mainland Nova Scotia, Canada. We are a living agricultural museum with daily and seasonal demonstrations involving heritage animals, traditional rural trades, and domestic interpretations.
About the Collections
Ross Farm Museum's collections include agricultural and rural life artifacts that have been made or used in Nova Scotia. A high-light includes one of the oldest most diverse collections of plows in North America. Artifacts are on display in period settings in nine various historic site buildings including an 1817 Farm Cottage, 1835 Country Store, 1870 farm Workshop, 1890 three-bay Barn, 1900 Cooperage and Stave & Shingle Mill, 1906 School House and Bank Barn, 1910 Blacksmith Shop.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 4,000
A good collection of an agricultural based library, with community history & genealogical data in connection with the New Ross Historical Society.
Electronic Records •
Housed on site in Rose Bank Cottage, home of Captain William Ross and his family, are period pieces dating from the early 1800s.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Textiles or Tapestries
Ross Farm Museum houses the agricultural collection for the Province of Nova Scotia with artifacts dating from the 1600s, 1700s and the 1800s.
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
: Non-motorized ground
Ross Farm Museum's collections touch on Natural history items primarily relating to the land base and its agricultural usage. Year-round nature trails are open for interpretation.
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Agricultural or Domestic • Living Collections • Botany : Vascular Plants : Seed Plants
Services & Activities
Historical agricultural museum for Nova Scotia demonstrating;
Traditional pre-industrial rural activities which are historical, educational, cultural and recreational.
Agricultural references and genealogical data base for Nova Scotia's rural heritage.
Archival Records •
Genealogical Research •
Information Centre •
Not only are the children getting a hands on experience in a 19 TH century setting, but they are learning practical things needed in everyday life. That is, they learn to work under supervision and they learn how to work together. They learn that things we take for granted today such as electricity which was once non-existent, and it helps them appreciate the things that they have, and understand more about their rural heritage. The experience is memorable, educational, and enjoyable.
•• Blacksmithing -- Make an iron poker
•• Woodworking-- Make wooden items ( ie mallets)
•• Wool Spinning-- picking , carding , & spinning wool
•• Open Hearth Cooking--make soup in the fireplace,
and biscuits in a wood stove
•• Candle Making --make molded & dipped candles
from beef tallow and beeswax
•• Farm Chores-- Help with farm chores (feeding, watering & cleaning out animals,)
•• Nature Walk-- Guided nature walk through the woods to identify tracks, and trees
•• School Class -- School program using slate boards, quill pens and lessons from the time period (early 1900s)
Classes or Workshops
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Children's Activities or Services
Information Centre or Desk
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Other: Nature Trails & Internet terminals
Community access program ( CAP site )
Volunteer Services Available
Number of Volunteers: 20
Activities: Governance and special programs
Vote at annual meeting; year-round pass to museum
Coffee, juice, beverages and packaged foods.
Snack Bar or Vending Machines •
Publications and Products
See our catalogue for many reproductions offered from the 1800s including butter-churns, firkins, casks, spinning wheels, blacksmith hardware, and much more.
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps •
The Ross Barn loft houses many of our larger and oldest agricultural artifacts.
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4568 Hwy #12
New Ross, Nova Scotia
Ross Farm Museum
4568, Hwy # 12, New Ross, Nova Scotia
Hours of Operation
Officially opened in July 1970.
Open: Summer Hours - May 1,to October 31,
7 Days a Week
Winter Hours - November 1 to April 30
Wednesday to Sunday
9:30 am-4:30 pm
Closed: 23 Dec. to 2 January
Senior (65+) $5.00
Child (6-17 years) $2.00
5 & Under Free
Family (max. 2 adults) $15.00
Sunday Morning 9:30 to 11:00 Free
Season Passes Available:
Bus Tour $5.00
$0.50 per person for groups