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.


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

McCulloch House Museum is OPEN for SEPTEMBER with no admission fee for 2021 Monday to Friday 12 pm to 5 pm.


The McCulloch Research Centre is currently open by appointment only. No Exceptions.

Please email pcghs@novascotia.ca  or call (902) 485-4563 to book your appointment. 

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

Masks are highly recommended. 

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

Social distancing protocols are in effect and required between visitors and staff.

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 2021. No admission fee.