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Welcome, Bonjour, Pjila’si, Fáilte to Malagash Heritage Museum

Our Exhibits


The Malagash Heritage Museum is a small, local museum devoted to preserving the history and heritage of the Malagash area and the first salt mine in Canada. We have exhibits of various aspects of local history - mining, farming, labour unions, schooling, tools of all kinds of trades applied in Malagash, and daily rural life through the community's history, which includes oral recordings of long-term residents.  


The first inhabitants to make the area their home was the native North American Mi'kmaq, giving Malagash (Malikewe'jk) its name, meaning, "Place of Games". French settlers came to the area around 1713 and stayed until 1755 when they were forced to leave by British soldiers. Many of the local residents today can trace their family history to the English and Scottish immigrants or the United Empire Loyalists that came around 1784. 

Important Dates and Events
Our Exhibits


We are very proud of Malagash's claim to fame as being the first rock salt mine in the British Empire. It all began when a farmer desperately needed water, but he only succeeded in getting brine from his well in 1912. On Labour Day, September 2nd, 1918, the first rock salt was mined. After 41 years and a production of approximately 2 million tons of salt, the Malagash Salt mine was closed in March 1959. 


Please drop by to review the history of the mine's operation. The story is told by Malagash residents who remember growing up in the community and working in the salt mine. Their stories of exploring the mine are illustrated by black and white photos, documents, extracts from audio interviews and a unique video clip of mining underground.  


Season will Begin Friday June 14, 2024

  • Tuesday         11:00 - 5:00 

  • Wednesday 11:00 - 5:00 

  • Thursday        11:00 - 5:00 

  • Friday          11:00 - 5:00          

  • Saturday        11:00 - 5:00

  • Sunday  Closed

  • Monday Closed 

  • Please note we are closed for all NS Statuary Holidays     

Special events for 2024


Jun 22  9AM to 1PM

Annual Yard, Bake Sale & Barbecue.  Food Bank Donations

Jul 13  1PM to 4PM

Indigenous focused event.  Spiritual stories, medicine wheel, dancing, drumming and participate in a smudging ceremony.  Free lunch

Aug 3 1PM to 5PM

Malagash Festival Day. Live Music, BBQ, 50/50, entertainment for Kids, museum tours,. Come out and share in the pride and spirit of magnificant Malagash.  Food bank donations welcomed. RAIN DATE is MONDAY AUGUST 5 Noon-4pm.

Dec 14 1PM to 2PM

Lunch, Bake Sale, 50/50., door prize,  Santa sack raffle winners, time with friends, vendors, and food bank drive. 

Stay Tuned for Updates!

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