Kings County Museum

Kings Historical Society (The)

Record #: MCK0021
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021
Last Full Update: 18 Oct 2021


Located In Kentville
Where To Find Us
37 Cornwallis St
Kentville, NS B4N 2E2
Areas Served Annapolis Valley Region


Phone 902-678-6237

Description & Services

Information The museum is housed in the old courthouse which was built in 1903, and served as Kings County's seat of justice for more than seventy-five years. The building was purchased by the Kings Historical Society in 1980, and has been operated as a museum ever since. The original courtroom and furnishings continue to be maintained today as one of the museum's outstanding permanent exhibits. 
Kings County was created in 1759, as were the townships of Cornwallis and Horton. It was not until 1770 that the Township of Aylesford was created, being made up of parts of Cornwallis and Horton. All three townships were dissolved in 1879. The town of Kentville was incorporated in 1886, the town of Wolfville in 1893 and the town of Berwick in 1926. 
The Kings Historical Society, established in 1978, acquired the near-century old Kings County Courthouse and renovated it so that it could be used as a county museum. This courthouse was the seat of justice and municipal government from 1903 to 1980. The Society provides ongoing administrative and financial support to the Museum. 
Our mandate is to preserve and promote the cultural and natural history of Kings County for present and future generations. 
Become a member: 
We invite you to help support the Kings Historical Society and the Kings County Museum by becoming a member.  
As a paid member you will receive 2 newsletters per year, entrance to our Community and Family History Research Centre at no charge (non members are charged $5.00 per day) and photocopying at $.25 per page (non members pay $.40 per page).  
We also try to keep our members up to date on museum events.  
Our annual membership is based on the calendar year and fees are: $20.00 per individual and $25.00 for family or organization. 
Please visit our website and Facebook pages for current information on exhibits and events.
Hours April and May: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm 
June to August: Monday-Saturday, 9am - 4pm 
August -December 15: Monday-Friday, 9am - 4pm
Dates December to March- Museum closed
Meetings The Kings Historical Society: last Tue at 7:30pm, at the Museum (no meetings Jun, Jul, Aug, or December). Guest speakers are featured each month, and the public is invited to attend.
Events Calendar link to upcoming events on

Special Information

Established 1980
Tags Annapolis Valley Connect ; Community Organizations ; Museum ; Recreation Categories
Categories - General Museums