Roger Lewis, Curator of Mi’kmaq Cultural Heritage in the field examining a petroglyph.

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.  (Image: Black Loyalist Heritage Centre)

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 100 artifacts and specimens that reflect the diversity of the province's culture and heritage.


September 29, 2022
Highland Village Museum, Iona
St. Michael was the Scottish and Irish patron saint of horses, travel, sea, and seafarers. His...
October 1, 2022
Haliburton House, Windsor
Come enjoy our annual gourd hunt, Saturday October 1, on the Haliburton House Museum grounds....
October 1, 2022 to October 2, 2022
Ross Farm Museum, New Ross
In the early 1800's the only source of light would have been by candle. Many families would have...
October 7, 2022 to October 15, 2022
Highland Village Museum, Iona
Experience foot-stomping energy and spectacular scenery set ablaze with fall foliage at Cape Breton...

Porcupine Quill-Work Chair Back decorated with a mosaic of white, red, black, orange, blue, lavender and pink aniline-dyed porcupine quills and an eight-pointed star.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Nova Scotia Museum sites are open with free admission.

Treaty Day

Treaty Day celebrations are held on October 1 to honour the relationship and the important contribution of the Mi’kmaq people in Nova Scotia.

On Treaty day the Nova Scotia Museum offers free admission to Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

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Learning at home

We have plenty of ways to keep learning at home through our online activities, exhibits and videos. 

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