Heritage? It’s who we are.

The Lunenburg Heritage Society was formed in 1972 as a registered charity with a mission to save Lunenburg’s unique architecture. While continuing to advocate for historic building conservation, the Society has grown to preserve and promote the full diversity of Lunenburg’s cultural and natural heritage. From Mi'kmaw habitation to the Acadian and Foreign Protestant settlements through Confederation... we tell Lunenburg's story. Nova Scotia's heritage strategy provides the integrated vision and framework for this undertaking.

A Treasured Past, A Precious Future (PDF 1.4 MB)

How can I support?

The Lunenburg Heritage Society is funded through government agencies, corporate sponsors, Society fund raising events, individual donations, museum admissions and membership fees. We could not operate without the generous support of our patrons and volunteers.

Your continuing contributions are especially important now as the Society undertakes restoration work on the Knaut-Rhuland House. Each donation helps and is an important source of matching funds for government grants. Make a donation today. All donations are tax deductable and receipts are promptly issued for each donation received.

Lunenburg Heritage Society
Canadian Registered Charity
RN: 119025815RR0001

Upcoming Events

The Lunenburg Heritage Society is currently assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all of its upcoming events and activities. Please revisit this site for updates. Members will be kept up-to-date by email.

Knaut-Rhuland House Museum – update

We are excited to share that we are working towards opening the Knaut-Rhuland House Museum to visitors in the summer of 2021!

With on-going restrictions and precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our operation will not be back to “normal”, but we will put in place the necessary procedures and safe-guards to keep our staff, volunteers and visitors safe.

2021 Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival – cancelled

Looking forward to seeing you in 2022

After much deliberation, the organizing committee has decided to not hold the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival in 2021.

This is an annual MUST for collectors and enthusiasts of Nova Scotian Folk Art, however the COVID-19 pandemic presents too many unknowns for August 2021! We look forward to welcoming back visitors from across the province, North America, and Europe for their annual pilgrimage to Lunenburg to explore the work of these juried artists!

Visit the festival website to join the mailing list.


Your charitable contribution will help ensure the Lunenburg Heritage Society can continue to preserve and promote Lunenburg's heritage.


If you share our goals and objectives join us as a member. As a member you can vote at annual and special meetings, volunteer for executive roles on the Board of Directors or chair standing committees.

Contact Us

125 Pelham Street
Lunenburg, NS, Canada
Phone: 902-634-3498
Email: LunenburgHeritageSociety@hotmail.com

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Your purchase supports the work of the Lunenburg Heritage Society and helps preserve Lunenburg - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.