Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre documents the history of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq people, a Native American tribe indigenous to Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Located in the town of Truro, the museum houses ancient artifacts, such as stone tools and porcupine quillwork, plus interactive exhibits covering Mi’kmaq language and culture.
Highlights of the museum include exhibits on ancient Mi’kmaq tools and crafts, an interactive audio panel that teaches you to say hello and goodbye in the Mi’kmaq language, and a boulder inscribed with Mi’kmaq petroglyphs. At the museum’s entrance you’ll find a 40-foot (12-meter) statue of Glooscap—a legendary Mi’kmaq figure who is said to have been the first human on earth, created by a bolt of lightning in the sand.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The museum is a must-see for history buffs.
- Visitor facilities include an information center and gift shop.
- All museum displays are written in both English and the Mi’kmaq language.
How to Get There
The Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre is located in Truro Power Centre, a commercial real estate development owned by Millbrook First Nation, roughly 10 minutes by road from Truro’s town center. Driving is the easiest way to get there.
When to Get There
The museum is open daily from May to December. During Mi’kmaq History Month in October, the center hosts a series of Native American speakers.
Millbrook First Nation
Millbrook First Nation is a Mi’kmaq community with roughly 1,800 members located within the town of Truro, with reserve land in Cole Harbour, Sheet Harbour, and Beaver Dam.