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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 4, 2019 to October 1, 2019
Haliburton House, Windsor
Tuesday evenings 6pm    Meet in the Haliburton House parking lot.  New and experienced players...
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...
July 6, 2019 to September 28, 2019
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
Aboard retired fishing schooner, Theresa E. Connor Time : 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm Cost $ $15.00 per...
September 1, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Balmoral Grist Mill, Balmoral Mills
The Balmoral Grist Mill and the Sutherland Steam Mill will be hosting a display of images taken...

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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