December 14, 2018

Many of our sites will be open this festive season, start a tradition and spend your holidays at a museum. Many of our seasonal sites have trails, perfect for a winter walk in the woods.


Museum of Natural History

Christmas Eve, December 24 - closed

December 13, 2018
Winter at Fisherman’s Life Museum


Many of the Nova Scotia Museum sites, specifically the historical houses, are only open seasonally. However, on these dark winter days, it is not uncommon to see a light on in the windows as museum staff quietly work on projects, research, and planning for the next busy year.  This winter, the Nova Scotia Museum is exploring our research files to rediscover stories about our museums and the people they celebrate.

December 4, 2018

Here's some of the latest events from across the Nova Scotia Museum.

November 21, 2018


Letter from the Director

November 6, 2018
Mastodon Femur with Skeleton

The Mastodon femur recently put back on display at the Museum of Natural History, was found in Middle River, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. This bone has a big history!

Big Sandy

The huge bone was discovered by a Alexander McRae in 1834. Alexander's nick-name was "Big Sandy". We don't know if the Mastodon was a male or female, and it was found along the banks of the river, so Big Sandy might be a good nick-name for this historic femur.

October 28, 2018
Nova Scotia Court with Moose London International Exhibition 1862

Honeyman and the Moose

October 19, 2018
Geology Map of Antigonish County

Map of Antigonish County, by David Honeyman, NSIS 1(4), 1867.

During the Museum's 150th anniversary, we are taking time to learn more about the Museum's history - including Dr. David Honeyman, the first Curator of the Nova Scotia Museum. As a paleontologist and geoscientist, I am particularly interested in Honeyman's work studying and promoting the geology of Nova Scotia. There are many stories to share (stay tuned), but it seems appropriate to start with his map.

October 17, 2018
Honeyman Timeline Title Page

19th Century Science and Culture

As we begin the journey of #FindingHoneyman, we start with a timeline of David Honeyman - the first Curator of the Nova Scotia Museum. This timeline provides an opportunity to discover links between between life events and historical contexts.

October 16, 2018
Dr. Rev. David Honeyman, our first curator


There’s something about a birthday that ends with a “0” that prompts reflection. These milestones feel like big accomplishments, moments to look at how far we’ve come while we take a pause before embarking on the next chapter.

August 2, 2018

As we end the 2018 Fort Saint Louis field season, a big thank you is extended to all who contributed to the excavation. Heather R. of AFN was with us to the end. A natural excavator, we hope she will join us next year!


July 30, 2018

We are in the last hours of site preparations before closing everything up. Visitors pop by to have one more look at excavations.


This wall was uncovered during the public dig 4 weeks ago. As anticipated, it continues from the wall we found last year.


July 28, 2018
Christian Laforce, NSM photographer joined us on site this week to capture some of the digging action.
Patrick, an archaeology enthusiast, joined us today to clean up a few pits.
July 24, 2018
Archaeology at Fort Saint-Louis - Part 11

We had many visitors to the site today. It was great to share our discoveries.


Two local public archaeology dig participants returned to the site to see how excavation has progressed in recent weeks


July 20, 2018
Archaeology at Fort Saint-Louis - Part 10

We had some bailing to do in the units this morning. A lot of rain the day before.


David Jones joined us today and worked in a unit with an unusual charcoal stain.


July 19, 2018
Archaeology at Fort Saint-Louis - Part 9

It's rainy here today so its a great opportunity to begin cleaning artifacts. The bags are stacking up!


We cleared the kitchen table at the crew house and set up wash basins and toothbrushes.


July 19, 2018
3D digital model captures the details of the ‘dinosaur’ footprints that cover a surface of a sandstone boulder that is 200 million years old.

By: Dr. Tim Fedak, Acting Curator of Geology, Nova Scotia Museum


Nova Scotia is becoming known globally as an innovative centre in the use of 3D visualization for research and industrial projects. 

A small workshop was held at the Nova Scotia Museum in May that highlighted several 3D digitization projects.

July 18, 2018
Archaeology at Fort Saint-Louis - Part 8

A very foggy day on site today.


Thomasina uncovered a wonderful artifact today - a fragment of rolled trade copper.


July 17, 2018

We had a steady stream of visitors yesterday. The Acadian community is particularly interested in this early French archaeology site.


We had all the canopies up. It was a warm digging day.


July 16, 2018
Archaeology at Fort Saint-Louis - Part 6

We had help this weekend from Curator Adrian Morrison of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. Thanks for your hard work Adrian!



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