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Halifax Citadel | Courtesy of Destination Halifax
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The Top Museums in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Updated: 5 September 2017

Discover Nova Scotia’s history, culture, and wildlife at Halifax’s top museums. Whether you have an interest in sports, artillery, immigrants, nature, science, or anything in between, there’s something for everyone.

Museum of Natural History

Explore Nova Scotia in a whole new way at the Natural History Museum. You’ll find local creatures from land and sea, Mi’kmaq artifacts, and even a full whale skeleton. Events and programs take place regularly, and a visit isn’t complete without saying hello to the museum’s mascot, Gus the Tortoise.

Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 424 7353

Uniacke Estate Museum Park

Just a half hour outside the city, Uniacke Estate is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Step back into the 1800s by exploring the beautiful Uniacke family home, built in 1816; it was home to the family for seven generations. Afterwards, you can explore the beautiful property and take a walk around Lake Martha.

Uniacke Estate Museum Park, 758 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Mount Uniacke, NS, Canada, +1 902 866 0032

The Best Museums in Halifax

Uniacke Estate | Courtesy of Uniacke Estate Museum Park

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Learn about Halifax’s fascinating maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. You’ll discover the history behind the province’s boat building, the Days of Sail, the Halifax Explosion, Halifax’s role in the Titanic, and so much more.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 424 7490

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Playing a crucial role in the history of Halifax, Citadel Hill was originally set up to defend the city from attack. Today, it is a fantastic museum that lets visitors step back into the past. Explore the site on your own or take one of the many guided tours and experiences available.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, 5425 Sackville St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 426 1990

Halifax Citadel | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Discovery Centre

This institution is a must-visit for kids of all ages! In addition to all of its regular fixtures, there is always something new and exciting going on at the Discovery Centre. Check out the Innovation Lab where you’ll have access to a variety of tools and materials to make your own inventions, the Dome Theater where you can watch live star shows and full-dome films, and so much more!

Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 492 4422

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Between 1928 and 1971, immigrants from all over the world came to Canada through Pier 21. At the Museum of Immigration, you’ll discover the Pier’s rich history, read first-person accounts of those who came through the Pier, play dress up in historical costumes, and so much more!

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 425 7770

The Best Museums in Halifax

Canadian Museum of Immigration | Courtesy of Destination Halifax

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

A must-visit for sports fans, the NS Sport Hall of Fame is a fun, interactive experience, showcasing the best of the province’s talent. You’ll find lockers showcasing inductees and sports heroes, a theater showing NS sports highlights, a sports simulator, and more!

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, 1800 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 421 1266