March 6, 2023
Graphic with the text March Break.

Museum of Natural History

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Daily 9 am to 6 pm

February 14, 2023
Image of a hand made ceramic cat and bowl.

This Heritage Day provides another opportunity to shed light on the impact of residential schools and tell some of the lesser-known stories.

November 8, 2022
image of a miniature model of a ship.

After a wonderful summer season, some of our family of 28 Museums have closed for season.

September 14, 2022
Map of Nova Scotia with points for  all 28 provincial museums

Nova Scotia will recognize Monday, September 19, 2022, as a provincial holiday in honour of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service.

In recognition of September 19 as a day to honour and pay tribute to the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Museum of Industry will delay opening until 11am.

August 18, 2022

What are the Joggins Fossil Cliffs?

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs stretch over 15km of beach and encapsulate approximately 15 million years of Earth history. Layers of sediment were deposited one after another from a series of flooding events, which formed the cliffs that we admire today.

July 22, 2022
Black Loyalist Heritage Center


In Canada the first day of August is designated Emancipation Day, recognizing the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834. In Nova Scotia, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Tony Ince introduced legislation marking Emancipation Day in April 2021.

July 12, 2022
June 28, 2022
Lunenburg view from the harbour with dories in the water.

Cameron Frail, Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

The morning light is calmed by high, dappled clouds, and the sea around Adams and Knickle wharf is an opaque turquoise. There’s an elation among the people gathered today as the 70th annual Dory Rowing Competition gets underway.

February 28, 2022
March Break 2022

March 14 to 18, 2022

We are happy to welcome you back to the Nova Scotia Museum.  We continue working to create a safe experience for you and our staff. Please note that public health guidelines will continue to be followed at our sites, wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in our indoor spaces. Check out our “Know before you go” guides on each museum website to help prepare you for your visit.

February 16, 2022
Landscape of Grand Pré World Heritage Site in spring.

2022 Honouree: The Landscape of Grand Pré World Heritage Site

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Landscape of Grand-Pré becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site, we will celebrate the rich heritage of this landscape which features an exceptional traditional agricultural settlement still in use today and an iconic place of memory for the Acadian diaspora.

December 23, 2021

Check Museum websites for their “Know before you go” guide to help prepare you for your visit.

Museum of Natural History

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Christmas Eve


Christmas Day

December 15, 2021


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September 24, 2021

Updates from the field

Our team is still on site at archaeology dig at Fort Saint Louis National Historic Site, a seventeenth-century fur trade post situated in an Mi'kmaq coastal landscape.

Archaeology action shot! Wesley lifts our most complete clay tile this year and stows it safely in its own container. Next it will head to the lab to be cleaned and repacked. We re-use pill bottles for smaller, delicate finds too.

September 21, 2021


September 16, 2021

Photo 1: Katie Cottreau-Robins extracting a sample of charcoal from a deep corner of the unit. Charcoal can be sent for carbon-14 dating and give additional insight into the occupation period.

Photo 2: Volunteers Chris and Marian working away on two areas of Operation J. 

September 13, 2021

A quick update, the team was rained out today. They hope to start finding artifacts this week. 

Photo 1: SMU grad student Wesley flying his drone for some overhead images of our various excavation units


August 12, 2021


Items from the Nova Scotia Museum Collection

2021 marks the first year the Province of Nova Scotia officially recognizes Emancipation Day. Emancipation Day is marked throughout the Commonwealth as the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1834.

July 26, 2021

As most of us already know, the Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tides in the world, bringing in approximately 160 billion tons of water twice a day and exposing kilometers of muddy tidal flats. But have you ever wondered what could be living in these tidal flats?


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