The Lunenburg Academy - Historic Places Days

The Lunenburg Academy

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Cultural Heritage Centre
97 Kaulbach Street, Lunenburg, NS, Canada
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June to September, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 - 4:30

The Lunenburg Academy National Historic site is a massive three-story Victorian structure that sits atop Gallows Hill in Lunenburg, NS.  Known as “the Castle on the Hill”, it is one of very few remaining, intact 19th-century Academy Buildings in Canada.  Visit the Heritage Classroom, opened in 2022, from June – September.  The classroom explores the history of the Academy, and its connection to the people of Lunenburg during a transformative era of educational reform.  Built in 1895, the Academy is an impressive example of an eclectic, second empire style, including:  original wainscoting, hand carved stairways, banisters, ornate and original hardware, a bold red, black, and white facade and many other character defining elements.


  • Family-Friendly
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

The Lunenburg Academy was constructed in just two years, between 1893 and 1895. It cost 30,000 dollars to build.

The Academy served as a public school for several decades, educating students from Grade Primary to Grade 12 from 1895 to  1965 and later from Grade Primary to Grade 5 until 2012.

The Academy opened November 7th, 1895, with six hundred and forty-seven pupils enrolled, a principle and ten other teachers. A ratio of about 60 students per class!


97 Kaulbach Street, Lunenburg, NS, Canada
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