July 23, 2023
Storm closures graphic


Following Premier Huston's recent declaration of a provincewide state of emergency in Nova Scotia, all museums located in these following areas will be closed today, Sunday July 23, 2023: HRM, East Hants, West Hants, Lunenburg County, and Queen’s County,

July 21, 2023
Several Silurian fossils first discovered by David Honeyman

Historic Collections

While doing research on Rev. Dr. David Honeyman, the first Curator of the Nova Scotia Museum (1868-1889), we found these specimens – Rev. David Honeyman’s first discovered fossils from Nova Scotia.

June 2, 2023

Our summer season started on June 1. While some of our family of 28 sites reopened their doors, it's important to note that a few of our locations will remain closed temporarily due to the ongoing forest fires across the province. The safety and well-being of our visitors, staff, and the first responders are our top priorities, and we appreciate your understanding in this matter

May 11, 2023


Robbie Hussey, our new Co-Op student from Cape Breton University has been applying new numbered labels on various fish fossils and coprolites that were found in Lingan by Dr. Erwin Zodrow in 1984.

March 22, 2023

Here are links to the competitions currently advertised on The application deadline is April 4.


Heritage Interpreters - Sutherland Steam & Balmoral Grist Mills


March 6, 2023
Graphic with the text March Break.

Museum of Natural History

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Daily 9 am to 6 pm

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



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