Nova Scotia Museum

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Nova Scotia Museum
LocationNova Scotia, Canada
Typedecentralised museum
Visitors549,500 (2015)[note 1][1]
Websitemuseum.novascotia.ca

Nova Scotia Museum (NSM) is the corporate name for the 28 museums across Nova Scotia, Canada, and is part of the province's tourism infrastructure. The organization manages more than 200 historic buildings, living history sites, vessels, and specialized museums and about one million artifacts and specimens, either directly or through a system of co-operative agreements with societies and local boards. The NSM delivers programs, exhibits and products which provide both local residents and tourists in Nova Scotian communities an opportunity to experience and learn about Nova Scotia's social and natural history.[2] More than 600,000 people visit the facilities each year.

History[edit]

The Nova Scotia Museum was created by the Nova Scotia Museum Act, a provincial legislation.

The Nova Scotia Museum began with the collection of the Mechanics Institute in Halifax, founded in December 1831. The museum was formally established in 1868. The Rev. Dr. David Honeyman was the first curator. He was followed by Harry Piers, who as curator from 1899 to 1940 oversaw a steady expansion of the museum's collection.[3]

Activities[edit]

As well as managing and maintaining historical collections, the museum has sponsored the publication of many historical books, pamphlets and other documents.[4]

The museum staff and volunteers undertake a variety of restoration projects,[5] create cultural and natural history displays,[6] and participate in historical reenactments.

The organization also issues Heritage Research Permits, allowing scientists to collect and study fossils and other archaeological artifacts.[7]

Images[edit]

Museums[edit]

  • Hours of these locations will be effected by federal, municipal, and provincial holidays. Please check the Nova Scotia Museum website for specific information.

Cape Breton Island[edit]

Museum Address Place Season Schedule Hours
Cossit House 225 George Street Sydney 1 June - 14 October Monday - Friday (closed Saturday-and-Sunday) 10:00 - 16:00
Baile nan Gàidheal (Highland Village) 4119 Highway 223 Iona 15 June - 15 October Weekly 10:00 - 16:30

Eastern Shore[edit]

Museum Address Place Season Schedule Hours
Fisherman's Life Museum 10309 Highway 7 Oyster Pond Closed N/A N/A
Sherbrooke Village 42 Main Street Sherbrooke 16 June - tentative Thursday - Monday (closed Tuesday-and-Wednesday) 9:30 - 17:00

Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley[edit]

Museum Address Place Season Schedule Hours
Fundy Geological Museum 162 Two Islands Road Parrsboro Year-round Wednesday - Monday (closed Tuesday) 10:00 -17:00
Haliburton House Museum 424 Clifton Avenue Windsor 7 June - tentative Wednesday - Sunday (closed Monday-and-Tuesday) 10:00 - 16:00
Lawrence House Museum 8660 Highway 215 Maitland 1 June - 1 October Wednesday - Sunday (closed Monday-and-Tuesday) 10:00 - 16:00
North Hills Museum 5065 Granville Road Granville Ferry 1 June - 30 September Tuesday - Saturday (closed Sunday-and-Monday) 9:30 - 16:00
Prescott House Museum 1633 Starr's Point Road Starr's Point 1 June - tentative Tuesday - Sunday (closed Monday) 10:00 - 16:00
Shand House Museum 389 Avon Street Windsor Sporadic Sporadic Sporadic

Halifax Metro[edit]

Museum Address Place Season Schedule Hours
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 1675 Lower Water Street Halifax Year-round (however, there are two seasons)
  • 1 May - 31 October: Weekly
  • 1 November - 30 April: Tuesday - Sunday (closed Monday)
  • 1 May - 31 October: Wednesday - Monday (9:30 - 17:30); Tuesdays (9:30 - 20:00)
  • 1 November - 30 April: Tuesday (9:30 - 20:00); Wednesday - Saturday (9:30 - 17:00); Sunday (13:00 - 17:00)
Museum of Natural History 1747 Summer Street Halifax Year-round Weekly 9:30 - 16:30
Uniacke Estate Museum Park 758 Highway 1 Mount Uniacke 16 June - 1 October Tuesday - Sunday (closed Monday) 10:00 - 16:00

Northumberland Shore[edit]

Museum Address Place Season Schedule Hours
Balmoral Grist Mill 660 Matheson Brook Road Tatamagouche Year-round (except 17 July, 7 August, 14 August, 4 September, and 11 September) Wednesday - Sunday (closed Monday-and-Tuesday) 9:30 - 16:30
Museum of Industry 147 North Food Street Stellarton Year-round Weekly 9:30 - 16:30
McCulloch House Museum 100 Haliburton Road Pictou 24 May - 30 September Sporadic Sporadic
Sutherland Steam Mill 660 Matheson Brook Road Tatamagouche Year-round (except 16 July, 6 August, 13 August, 3 September, and 10 September) Wednesday - Sunday (closed Monday) 9:30 - 16:30

South Shore[edit]

Museum Address Place Season Schedule Hours
Barrington Woolen Mill 2368 Highway 3 Barrington 1 June - tentative Monday - Saturday (closed Sunday) 10:00 - 16:30
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre 119 Birchtown Road Shelburne Year-round Weekly 10:00 - 17:00
The Dory Shop Museum 11 Dock Street Shelburne 1 June - 15 October Tuesday - Saturday (closed Sunday-and-Monday) 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 16:00 (closed between 12:00 - 13:00)
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic 68 Bluenose Drive Lunenburg Year-round Weekly 9:30 - 17:00
Old Meeting House 2408 Highway 3 Barrington 1 June - tentative Monday - Saturday (closed Sunday) 10:00 - 16:30
Perkins House Museum 105 Main Street Liverpool 1 June - tentative Weekly Monday - Saturday (9:30 - 17:00)

Sunday (13:00 - 17:00)

Ross Farm Museum 4568 Highway 12 New Ross Year-round Tuesday - Sunday (closed Monday) 9:30 - 16:30
Ross-Thomson House & Store Museum 9 Charlotte Lane Shelburne 1 June - 15 October Tuesday - Saturday (closed Sunday-and-Monday) 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 16:00 (closed between 12:00 - 13:00)
Wile Carding Mill 242 Victoria Road Bridgewater Closed N/A N/A

Yarmouth & Acadian Shores[edit]

Museum Address Place Season Schedule Hours
The Acadian Village of Nova Scotia 91 Old Church Road Lower West Pubnico 30 May - 23 September (three seasons)
  • 30 May - 3 July: Monday - Friday (closed Saturday-and-Sunday)
  • 4 July - 27 August: Monday - Saturday (closed Sunday)
  • 28 August - 23 September: Monday - Friday (closed Saturday-and-Sunday)
9:00 - 17:00
Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia 451 Main Street Yarmouth Year-round Weekly Monday - Saturday (9:00 - 17:00)

Sunday (10:00 - 17:00)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The following is the total attendance figure from all 28 Nova Scotia Museum locations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nova Scotia Museum Attendance (by region) 2006–2015" (PDF). Nova Scotia Museums. 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ Allan Billard (3 October 2016). Lighthouses of Nova Scotia: Discovering their history and heritage. Formac Publishing Company. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-1-4595-0449-3.
  3. ^ "Nova Scotia Museum". Council of Nova Scotia Archives. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12.
  4. ^ "Collaborators launch new 'Harmful Nova Scotia Plants' app". Halifax Magazine, Sara Sawyer, March 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Model Building - Ships". Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine, August/September 2004
  6. ^ "N.S. history comes to life in calendar". Chronicle Herald, Elissa Barnard, December 22, 2017
  7. ^ A. J. Bowden; Cynthia V. Burek; R. Wilding (2005). History of Palaeobotany: Selected Essays. Geological Society of London. pp. 106–. ISBN 978-1-86239-174-1.

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Coordinates: 44°38′44″N 63°35′06″W / 44.64558°N 63.58493°W / 44.64558; -63.58493