Heritage Day across the Nova Scotia Museum
Mon. February 18, 2019
Celebrated the third Monday in February, Nova Scotia Heritage Day is an annual reminder of our storied past and an opportunity to honour the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s unique heritage. The 2019 Heritage Day Honouree is Maud Lewis.
Check Museum websites for hours and admission rates.
Museum of Natural History
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Until April 28
The awe-inspiring stories of prehistoric earth are unfolding at the Museum of Natural History with the arrival of Dinosaurs Unearthed – an immersive exhibition that features dynamic scenes of life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, full-scale skeletons and fossils from around the world.
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Located in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront, there’s no better place to immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage than the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
From small craft boatbuilding to World War Convoys, the Days of Sail to the Age of Steam, the Titanic to the Halifax Explosion, you’ll discover the stories, events and people that have come to define Nova Scotia and its relationship with the sea.
Ross Farm Museum
New Ross, Nova Scotia
Mon. February 18
Ross Farm will be open for Heritage Day on February 18th! Take advantage of the holiday to learn some local history and enjoy a day on the farm.
Fundy Geological Museum
Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
The Fundy Geological Museum displays an ancient world and some of the oldest dinosaur bones in Canada. Meet some of the ancient creatures that lived here millions of years ago: the world's first reptiles, early dinosaurs, giant dragonflies, an ancestor of frogs and a sow-bug-like creature as long as a baseball bat. So many great fossils!
Explore mineral treasures of Nova Scotia exposed when the great Fundy tides washed away the sea cliffs. See a collection of beautiful amethyst and agate gem stones.
Museum of Industry
Stellarton, Nova Scotia
Celebrate Heritage Day with free admission from 9-5 pm. Kids can grab some brushes and make some art with guest artist Luke Naylor. Join Luke as he guides you through painting a picture inspired by Maud Lewis. Drop-in through the day, 10:00 – 4:00. Visit our feature exhibit, Vanguard. 150 years of Remarkable Nova Scotians. It honours the lives and work of 32 Nova Scotians from the last 150 years.
The Museum’s hands-on exhibits will be open through out the day.
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre
Birchtown, Nova Scotia
The Black Loyalist Heritage Centre tells the story of the world’s largest free African population outside of Africa, in the late 18th century in Nova Scotia.
Enjoy the view of Birchtown Bay when you climb up the Shaw Turret, which commemorates all Black Loyalist communities in Nova Scotia. Enter the Centre’s Lindsay Gallery and immerse yourself in the multimedia presentation of the Black Loyalist journey from Africa to the American colonies, then to Nova Scotia and back to Africa. Explore the virtual copy of the Carlton’s Book of Negroes and search for an ancestor who may have experienced part of this incredible journey.
Firefighters’ Museum of Nova Scotia
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Visit the Firefighters’ Museum in Yarmouth to discover the history of firefighting in this province.
Imagine the clang of the fire bell, the smell of smoke and the feel of hot steam as firefighters of the past raced to save burning homes in communities across Nova Scotia.
See the types of fire engines used from the 1800s to the 1930s. Marvel at antique hand-drawn and operated engines such as Canada’s oldest horse-drawn steam engine, an 1863 Amoskeag Steamer. Take the wheel of a 1933 Chev Bickle pumper and see collections of antique toy fire engines, shoulder crests, patches and badges from fire departments around the world.
February is Heritage month!
Enjoy free admission for the entire month of February at the Firefighters’ Museum of Nova Scotia (451 Main Street, Yarmouth). Also, receive a free copy of our Circus Ship Fire book on Saturdays during the month of February.