We truly had no idea what an amazing collection we would find at the Rossignol Cultural Center in Liverpool NS. Sherman Hines, over his lifetime, has amassed a wonderful collection of artifacts, art, and photography, reflecting his love of his native Nova Scotia. This museum, created by a number of dedicated volunteers and sponsors, including. Mr. Hines, rivals any of the larger and more prestigious collections we have had the good fortune to see here and abroad. One room contains and extensive assortment of items dating back to the days when wilderness guides would take hunters and fisherman into the depths of central NS on expeditions. Another focused on his big game hunting and contained one of the largest dioramas of taxidermy we have ever seen (even a giraffe). The collection of First Nations items would have been fascinating all on it's own. One area is entirely dedicated to the recreation of an early apothecary, another depicted a fancy tea room. The photography collection includes a number of wonderful photos by Yousef Karsh as well as many of the local dignitaries and characters that Sherman, a reknowned photographer in his own right, has worked with in his lifetime. There were beautiful rugs, paintings and bronzes on display. And one cannot forget the whimsical Outhouse exhibit. Beyond the museum, in the back yard of the property (it was a school at one time), there are a number of buildings representative of the history of the region as well. These are interesting but was the one are of the museum we felt could use some care and attention. Funds being such as they are, we are truly incredulous that the main exhibits are so well and lovingly curated. We would also like to note the enthusiasm expressed by our young host, Tristan, who was surprisingly knowledgable about the collection as a whole. This is a place you could return to again and again.
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