About Us

McCulloch Genealogy Centre

The Hector Exhibit Centre, now known as McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre, was a national exhibit centre. It opened on July 21, 1973 as a project by the Federal Government in commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the landing of the Ship Hector.

The McCulloch Genealogy Centre hosts a broad range of temporary exhibits focusing on local history and culture during the summer months. It is also the location of the archival facility and research centre. With a growing interest in the heritage of Pictou County, this abundance of archival material includes hundreds of personal and corporate documents as well as family histories, newspapers on microfilm, vital statistics and much more. These resources combined with an extensive local history library provide visitors, students and academics alike with the opportunity to deeply explore the heritage of Eastern Canada.

Mission: Telling the story of the Scots in the New World.

Vision: The portal for Scots, past, present, and future.

The Pictou County Genealogy & Heritage Society operates and manages the McCulloch House Museum on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia, and the McCulloch Genealogy Centre is operated as a private community museum. PCGHS is a private Board of Trustees that is made up of up to 15 citizens from Nova Scotia with a common interest in history & local heritage.  A full time curator is employed to manage and operate the site as per provincial requirements. The Annual General Meeting is held in the early fall of each calendar year.


McCulloch Genealogy Centre and Gift Shop are open from Monday to Friday.  10 am to 5 pm

McCulloch House Museum is OPEN for the season.

McCculloch's Escape Room is OPEN for the season.



The McCulloch Research Centre is currently open by appointment only. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please email pcghsoc@gmail.com  or call (902) 485-4563 to book your appointment. 

At present we are allowing one researcher on site at a time (or family).


Hand-sanitizer is provided for use before and after you leave the centre.


McCulloch House Museum

The McCulloch House Museum is a locally managed site of the Nova Scotia Museum family of provincial museums. It boasts interpretive panels designed to tell the story of Thomas McCulloch and his role in education and politics in Pictou in the early 19th century, as well as a large collection of artifacts, many being Dr. McCulloch's personal belongings from his teaching at Pictou Academy.

McCulloch House Museum is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.  Built circa 1806 as a one and a half story dwelling, the home was christened Sherbrooke Cottage by McCulloch. The roof was raised to a gambrel roof and dormers were added in the early 1900's.  

McCulloch House Museum is open for the 2022 season. No admission fee.