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“A hidden gem!”

Rossignol Cultural Centre
Ranked #8 of 18 things to do in Liverpool
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

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.

4  Thank Mary M
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Don't miss the Cultural Center, it is a pleasant surprise and well worth the effort. Plan at least an hour. Great morning with the Trestle Walk, over the Mersey River, and then to the Culture Center. We are staying at Lane's Privateer Inn which is very central. Loved the outhouse display!

2  Thank LarryandSharen
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I have been to museums all around the world but never quite something like this. Its very holistic feeling is welcoming with a variety of different rooms set up for different collections. The staff were welcoming and knowledgable and the museum was breathtaking. Personally I am a fan of the Sherman Hines and Yousuf Karsh photography which was the purpose of my visit but I was blown away by the 1800s tea room, replica Maud Lewis house which is almost better than the original. Most of all, tied for my favourite non-photographic portions of the museum were the expertly mounted animals in the wildlife exhibit and the very unique Outhouse Museum. Overall I would rate this museum right up there with the Louvre in my humble opinion. With many different exhibits and value that you cannot beat I am astonished that there isn't a line outside the door like the most famous museums in the world. Overall I would definitely recommend this museum for the average museum goer as well as families and passionate historians alike. I guarantee one thing above all that you will not find a better museum at a better bargain price.

4  Thank reviewerjohn
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Incredible display. A must see when visiting Nova Scotia. Exhibits of the old days, guiding era, African animals, mounted animals, art, photography , sculptures - too many to list

1  Thank Gary610
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This museum has lots and lots of stuff on a variety of topics. Eg one room focuses on taxidermy, another on photographs and yet another on outhouses. Each room is well done and full of interesting stuff. Not really any theme but eclectic. The outside houses are neglected a bit and could do with more explanation. The notices at the actual site might benefit from brighter and more obvious signs - we thought it was closed. Well worth a visit, however and very good value. Suggest takes about an hour to cover. Has steps so not all of it is suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Friendly staff are lovely.

Thank Katie906
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