Fall at the Nova Scotia Museum
After a wonderful summer season, some of our family of 28 Museums will be closing for the season. This month is your last chance to explore some of our sites until next year, closing dates are listed below.
Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Some Nova Scotia Museums sites will be closed September 30, please check individual websites for hours.
September 30 Truth and Reconciliation Day
- Museum of Natural History (Open free admission)
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (Open free admission)
- Museum of Industry (Open free admission)
- Firefighters’ Museum (Closed)
- Ross Farm Museum (Open)
- Fundy Geological Museum (Open)
- Black Loyalist Heritage Centre (Closed)
- Prescott House Museum (Last day September 30)
- Balmoral Grist Mill (Last day September 30)
- Sutherland Steam Mill (Last day September 30)
- Lawrence House Museum (Last day September 30)
- Haliburton House Museum (Last day September 30)
- Uniacke Estate Museum Park (Last day September 30)
- Old Meeting House (Last day Oct. 1)
- Barrington Woolen Mill (Last day Oct. 1)
- Ross-Thomson House & Museum (Last day October 15)
- Dory Shop Museum (Last day October 15)
- Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic (Last day Oct. 16)
- Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse (Last day September 22)
- Sherbrooke Village (Last day September 24)
- Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village (Last day October 14)
- McCulloch House Museum (Last day September 30)
- Perkins House Museum (Last day September 30)
- North Hills Museum (Last day September 30)
- Cossit House (Last day October 14)
Closed for the season
Now on view
Ta'n me'j Tel-keknuo'ltiek: How Unique We Still Are, reflects how Mi’kmaw people remain connected to the lands and waters of Mi’kma’ki. This exhibit offers a platform for Mi’kmaw people to express their continued experiences with an understanding of the lands and the waters of Mi’kma’ki.
Kesite’tasikl: Kepmite’tmu’kik pitui-kniskamijinaqik Mawo’taqniktuk | Kesite’tasikl: Honoring Ancestors Through Collections. Kesite’tasikl, meaning ‘they are cherished,’ offers a glimpse into the varied collections of the Nova Scotia Museum and private citizens. Why do we collect? There are almost as many answers to this question as collectors. Every object has a unique story, just as each person has theirs. The exhibit will run until November 13.
First Fishers introduces Atlantic Canada’s first fishers, the Mi’kmaq. This visually rich exhibit explores traditional fishing methods, the connection between nature and Mi’kmaw people, and how still today fishing is at the heart of many Mi’kmaq communities.
Explore our video series with Roger Lewis, Mi’kmaq Cultural Heritage Curator at the Nova Scotia Museum.
Infos are leaflets answering some of the questions you most often ask us. The following online Infos can be printed, for use in the classroom by teachers, or for general reading for those who are interested.
Reciprocal Research Network
First Nations items from across Canada!
The RRN lets you research cultural items held at 21 institutions, all from the same convenient interface. Create a project to conduct your research, then invite other people to work with you.
The project is a joint effort, co-developed by Musqueam Indian Band, the Stó:lō Nation/Tribal Council, the U’mista Cultural Society and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Many partner institutions from around the world are also involved. Visit the Reciprocal Research Network »
Mi'kmaq Portrait Gallery
The Nova Scotia Museum's Mi'kmaq Portraits Collection is a database of more than 700 portraits and illustrations that provides a glimpse into the history of the Mi'kmaq of Atlantic Canada. The collection results from research by the Museum over many years, often with the participation of Mi'kmaq individuals and other institutions. View the collection »
Petroglyphs, or rock carvings, were cut with stone tools, probably pre-dating the introduction of European-made metal tools, beginning about 1500.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Truth and Reconciliation Week - a 5-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Important conversations including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.