Collections & Archives


The North Highlands Community Museum is richly endowed with an extensive collection of artifacts and documents available for public viewing. This collection provides windows through which you can view the daily lives of the past generations who lived and worked in the North Highlands.

Our collection contains early school room artifacts, household implements, farming tools, doctor’s instruments, spinning and weaving equipment, maritime artifacts, post office, war memorabilia and much more. This helps to make the past real for today’s residents and visitors.
The collection is completely accessioned and catalogued; the picture-taking and uploading to Collective Access and NovaMuse is a work-in-progress.

In 2012 – 2013 North Highlands Community Museum was fortunate to receive an S.D.I. Project Grant to complete the movement of The Audie and Ruth Morrison Collection from the former Morrison Restaurant to the museum. The collection contains 604 artifacts. They have all been moved, cleaned, accessioned, photographed and uploaded to Collective Access and NovaMuse. You may view those by logging into

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First car in Neil's Harbour

First Automobile in Neils Harbour


Our Archives contains hundreds of early photographs of the region’s landscape, people and events as well as many family histories, military service records, church records and diaries.
We have very graciously accepted the Cabot Archives. Plans are underway to have this moved into N.H.C.O.’s archives. The acquisition of this huge amount of new material will mean we will now have more information to provide researchers. It covers the time period between 1860 to the 1980’s.

To view materials in the archives, an appointment generally is needed to assure that staff is on hand to assist (902-383-2579). A modest fee is charged for research and copies.

“Archives are the gift of one generation to another. The extent of our care of them marks the extent of our civilization.”

-Sir Arthur G. Doughty