Image of Clifton Museum park, tree lined lane with green lawns.

Clifton Museum Park

Wind your way up the tree-lined drive to visit the beautiful park and grand home. Built in 1835 by Nova Scotian author and judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton and his wife Louisa, The property's sixteen owners and tenants each left their mark inside and out.

The word Clifton evolved from the Old English words clif (cliff or bank) and tun (town, settlement, farmstead), meaning town near the cliff.  Situated in the town of Windsor along the banks of the Avon River, Louisa thought it was the perfect place to name after her hometown of Clifton, England.

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. 


June 29, 2024 to September 7, 2024
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
Enjoy music by the sea every Saturday throughout the summer at 2pm on the stage in front of the...
July 10, 2024 to July 17, 2024
Prescott House, Starr's Point
Mark your calendars! July 10 is the launch of #HistoricPlacesDays, an online and in person event...
July 16, 2024
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm FREE Halifax, Nova Scotia is the home of guitarist Victor Fraser. He is a...
July 17, 2024
Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke
Presenter: Jeff Ward, Photographic Historian  On the Road Again: Nineteenth Century Itinerant...

Beach at Wasson Bluff.

Metal Detecting

We want to make sure everyone's enjoying the outdoors responsibly. Check out our blog post with metal detecting rules you need to follow in Nova Scotia - happy exploring!


This year the Nova Scotia Museum developed an overarching accessibility plan that will guide us to become more accessible. Each of our 28 sites will use this plan to develop their own plans based on their own accessibility needs.

closeup of the fork-mosses


New blog post from Dr. Sean R. Haughian, Curator of Botany - Mosses for minimalist green roofs

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