Barrington Woolen Mill, exterior.  Red wooden building on a river with a wooden walking bridge.

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.  

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


July 5, 2022 to August 25, 2022
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg
Returning! Glimpses July 5,7,12,14 Aug 16,18,25, Cost: TBA Time: 7:30 pm Tickets available at FMA...
July 7, 2022
Le Village historique acadien, Lower West Pubnico
Plateau de desserts, thé ou café. Musique. 13h30 - 15h 10$ (8$ membres)
July 7, 2022
Le Village historique acadien, Lower West Pubnico
Delicious strawberry desserts platter, tea or coffee. Music. 1:30-3:00 pm $10 ($8 for members)
July 9, 2022 to July 10, 2022
Sherbrooke Village, Sherbrooke
Join us, and Gaelic speaker Ann Munro, for a celebration of Gaelic language and culture. While you’...

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.

The Mi'kmaq

Thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers, the Mi'kmaq called themselves L'nu'k, which simply means 'the people,' 'human beings.' Their present name, Mi'kmaq, derives from nikmaq, meaning 'my kin-friends.'


Research is one of the fundamental activities of the Nova Scotia Museum.  Our publications are available electronically through an Open Journal System catalogue hosted by Dalhousie University


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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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Come for an hour or stay for the day.  The choice is yours with an Annual Pass.