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The Museums of Halifax, Nova Scotia


Museum of Natural History

Halifax’s Museum of Natural History is an institution that depicts the regional geological past and present, through a variety of static and interactive exhibits. Along with rotating exhibitions that feature huge dinosaurs, this museum has galleries that display archaeology, geology, mammals, birds, marine life, ethnology and botany.


Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is situated on Halifax’s waterfront. They do their best to display the maritime history of Nova Scotia and elsewhere, with information on topics like the Atlantic, small craft boat building, the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion. The Maritime Museum has over 24,000 artifacts, from sources like the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian merchant marine and from other established ships and shipwrecks. This museum also has collections of ship-related paintings and photography.


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax is one of Canada’s premier art institutions. The permanent collection in Halifax has over 15,000 objects, and there are also many different paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and sculptures that come from around the local area, the nation and around the world. For those who are interested, this is a great place to check out the work of Canadian artists, particularly from Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.


Pier 21

Pier 21 is a museum based around Canadian immigration. They try to illustrate the stories of immigration to Canada, as well as its important role in the process of nation-building. Over one million different immigrants, war brides, evacuee children, displaced people military personnel had passed through Pier 21 between 1928-1971, and the museum today depicts some of this interesting historical timeline.


Discovery Center

The Discovery Center coins itself as “Nova Scotia’s Hands-On Science Center.” Rather than just presenting information, this three-level museum makes it a point to provide interactive exhibits to the public, including a bubble room, a mirror room and a floating ball display. They offer some in-house educational workshops and live science shows for visitors. There is also a toddler area with fun set-ups like stacking blocks and floating ping-pong balls.


Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum displays different aspects of military and civilian aviation heritage from Canada and around the world. They have over 20 pieces of impressive aircraft, along with related weaponry, artifacts and simulators.


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