Dory Building


Dory Shop Sign


Reopening soon

The Dory Shop Museum is currently undergoing renovations and will re-open shortly.

We are happy to welcome you back to the Dory Shop.  We have been working to create a safe experience for you and our staff.   Check out our “Know before you go” guide to help prepare you for your visit.

Who We Are

Step into this authentic harbour-side dory factory to discover the historic Shelburne Dory and the world of the Grand Banks fishery as it existed from 1880 to 1971.

Lightweight and versatile, dories are small, shallow-draft boats with flat bottoms, high sides and sharp bows. Easy to build, thanks to their simple lines, and able to withstand the rugged ocean, dories were the backbone of the fishing industry, both in Nova Scotia and around the world.

One of Shelburne’s great claims to fame is the town’s rich dory building traditions; a skill which still survives today thanks to the Dory Shop Museum. Known for its exceptional strength, the Shelburne Dory was the preferred dory of local fishermen, making it the most popular small craft in the Atlantic Provinces for almost a century.

Hours & Admission

Tuesday to Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. 


Adult - $5
Student - $4
Senior (65+) - $4
Children Under 5 - Free

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