Annapolis Heritage Society | Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Welcome to the Annapolis Heritage Society

The Annapolis Heritage Society preserves our heritage by making it accessible to everyone in ways that will promote curiosity about the people, places and events that have shaped us. Its mandate is to support its mission by:

  • responsibly operating its museums and resource centres
  • developing relevant programming
  • continuing research, discovery and collection activities
  • committing to the rehabilitation of buildings, through example or advocacy
  • educating the broader community about local heritage and its benefits
  • actively supporting relevant community and government aims which benefit heritage preservation.

The Annapolis Heritage Society owns and operates two museums — the O’Dell House Museum and the Sinclair Inn Museum. It also manages North Hills Museum, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Museum. The Society operates its Genealogy Centre out of the O’Dell House Museum.

The Annapolis Heritage Society is a member of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, Council of Nova Scotia Archives, Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, Canadian Museums Association, Southwest Nova Curator's Group, and the Annapolis Board of Trade.

Support for the operations of the Society comes primarily from membership fees, donations, financial gifts and grants. It is a registered charity.


The 1st Annapolis Heritage Society Gingerbread House Competition

The 1st Annapolis Heritage Society (AHS) Gingerbread House Competition will add sugar and spice to the much loved Victorian Christmas celebration at the O’Dell House Museum Archive and Genealogy Centre. Gingerbread artists of all ages and backgrounds are invited to compete for prize ribbons several exciting categories. For this first year of the competition, there will be no entrance fee!

Corresponding with the opening of the Victorian Christmas festivities, the Competition’s panel of judges will announce the winners on November 25th at 7:00pm. Gingerbread houses will be displayed until the close of Victorian Christmas on Nov.27th, at which time the winner of the People’s Choice Award will also be announced.

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