We wish to acknowledge and thank our many donors who have given their family heirlooms to DesBrisay Museum over the years, starting with the collection by Judge Mather Byles DesBrisay (1828-1900) for whom the museum is named, and his wife Ada DesBrisay.

DesBrisay Museum collects materials that form part of or are directly related to the natural and cultural heritage of Bridgewater, Lunenburg County, and can be shown to be related to the heritage of Bridgewater’s and the surrounding area of Lunenburg County. Our collecting strategy considers the interests of our community of Bridgewater and these donations should meet our collecting goals and criteria for acceptance.

Our geographic area of collecting includes Bridgewater, as far southwest as LaHave, northwest to New Germany, northeast to Lunenburg and southwest to Dayspring. This geographic area has been identified as per information of collection parameters of museums in our area to avoid as much as possible encroaching on other museums in Lunenburg County.

If you have an item that you would like to donate to DesBrisay Museum, please contact us at 902-543-4033 to discuss your donation.

A Temporary Gift Receipt and Questionnaire will need to be completed for your donation. You can download a fillable PDF of that document by clicking here. You will need Adobe Acrobat to complete the form digitally (most computers have this program).

All offered donations will be brought forward at an upcoming Accessions Committee meeting for consideration, and the results will be relayed to you following the meeting. This committee meets twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.  Please note, not all donations can be accepted into the museum collection, but we will make every effort to find a relevant home for your donation with another museum or archival institution.