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Our Museums

The Nova Scotia Museum is responsible for the provincial collection of over one million artifacts and specimens. As well, we oversee the maintenance of more than 210 buildings, four floating vessels and nine locomotives. 

Our Favourite Objects

Nova Scotians and people around the world can experience part of the province's expansive museum collection online, from Jurassic-aged fossils to Mi'kmaq moose hair embroidery. Nova Scotia Made, Nova Scotia Used, Nova Scotia Found is a virtual exhibit showcasing images and information about 100 artifacts and specimens that reflect the diversity of the province's culture and heritage.


June 27, 2019 to February 1, 2020
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax
​ Living in Mi’kma’ki-Acadie-Alba Nuadh-Nouvelle-écosse-Nova Scotia means living with the sea. Like...
September 18, 2019 to December 4, 2019
Museum of Industry, Stellarton
Tuesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm  The only thing better than building with Lego® is building Lego® with...
September 18, 2019 to November 3, 2019
Museum of Natural History, Halifax
Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders in paediatric neurology and can cause recurring...
September 21, 2019 to November 3, 2019
Museum of Natural History, Halifax
The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity that promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool...

Please note

As of July 31st, 2019, the Nova Scotia Museum and The Museum of Natural History are no longer able to identify tick specimens. Please refrain from submitting specimens or images for identification.

For more information about ticks please see our Tick Enquiries blog post.


Research is one of the fundamental activities of the Nova Scotia Museum.  Our publications are available electronically through an Open Journal System catalogue hosted by Dalhousie University


Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond was an African Nova Scotian who served not only as an entrepreneurial mentor to young women from her community, but whose 1946 criminal prosecution for daring to violate racial segregation in a New Glasgow theatre marked a watershed moment for civil rights and social justice in the Province, and in Canada. 

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