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August Events at Nova Scotia Museums

Museum of Natural HistoryHalifax
Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television
Until August 26
Featuring more than 40 costumes and objects from science fiction films and TV programs, this exhibition shows visitors how designers use colour, style, scale, materials, historical traditions, nature and cultural cues to help actors and audiences engage with the characters.

Happy 90th Birthday Gus!
Sun, Aug 12
Come wish Gus the gopher tortoise a very happy 90th birthday!

Nature Discovery for Young Children
Enjoy discovery activities, creative play and hands-on exploration of real museum objects during this program, designed for children aged 5 and under and their parents, grandparents or other special adults.

Close Encounters of the Tidal Kind
Saturdays and Sundays
Get up close and personal with some interesting animals at the museum’s Tide Tank. See the hairs on a crab, the strange bumps on the sea star, the ridges on a scallop shell and more.

A Tour of the Solar System: Science on a Sphere
Let the museum’s Science on a Sphere take you on a trip through our Solar System. Check website for tour times.

Lunch With…Nova Scotian Wildlife
Find yourself in the forest when you visit the museum’s Netukulimk exhibit. Join us as we feed and care for the animals.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – Halifax
Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World
Explore the history of cable ships; from their contribution to establishing global communications, to the role of Halifax-based ships during the recovery operations after the sinking of RMS Titanic.

Ghosts & Marine Folklore
Tuesdays at 7pm
Join Andrew Aulenback, Heritage Interpreter, for a tour of some of the Museum’s darkest corners.

Titanic: Ice Meets Steel
Tues, Aug 14, 7:30 pm
Retired shipbuilder Dave Drummond will deliver a fascinating presentation about the tragic sinking of RMS Titanic.

Ross Farm Museum – New Ross
Antique Gasoline Engine Club
Sat, Aug 11 & Sun, Aug 12
Members of the Gasoline Engine Club will be on hand to display antique farm equipment and demonstrate.

Nothing but the Flax
Wed, Aug 15
At one time, many farms in New Ross grew flax to make linen. This weekend, museum staff will demonstrate the interesting process of turning a plant into material; from planting a little seed to spinning fibres.

Hand Mowing Championships
Sat, Aug 25
Come and cheer on competitors in the 9th Annual Hand Mowing Championships. The day will feature contests of skill and strength such as Grain Scything and the Weight on the Fork challenge. Contact Ross Farm to sign up.

Wile Carding Mill Museum – Bridgewater
Make a Hula Hoop
Sun, Aug 12
Kids aged 4 to 12 are invited to come make their very own hula hoop. All materials are supplied. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call to register. (Cost: $5)

Rug Hooking
Tues, Aug 21
Learn how rug hooking is done in Lunenburg County.

Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse – West Pubnico
Evening on the Hill
Sun, Aug 5, 7 pm – 10:30 pm
Join us for this community gathering during the Acadian Festival that will include food, music and fireworks.

Acadian Picnic
Wed, Aug 15, 4:30 pm
Celebrate National Acadian Day with a variety of events, including games for kids, a tintamarre, music and cake.

Blueberry Festival
Thurs, Aug 23, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
An all-you-can-eat buffet of wonderful blueberry desserts. Enjoy live music as you eat these delicious treats made by volunteers. (Cost: $6, members: $5)

Prescott House Museum – Starrs Point
Prescott Puppeteers Workshop
Wed, Aug 1, 10 am – noon
Make a puppet and then put on a show. For ages 5 and up. Please pre-register. (Cost: $7)

19th and 20th Century Illustrations
Aug 4 – Aug 31
For the first time, see 19th and 20th century illustrations from the library collection of Mary Allison Prescott.

Art- Printmaking
Wed, Aug 8
An easy and fun way to create art. For ages 5 and up. Please pre-register. (Cost: $7)

Busy Bugs Workshop
Wed, Aug 15, 1 pm – 3 pm
Join Dr. Todd Smith of Acadia University for an afternoon about ants, beetles, earwigs, bees and other creepy critters. For ages 5 and up. Please pre-register. (Cost: $7)

Prescott’s Toyshop
Wed, Aug 22, 10 am – noon
Come learn how to make some old fashioned toys. Batteries not required! For ages 5& up. Please pre-register. (Cost: $7)

Lawrence House Museum – Maitland
Launch Day
Sun, Aug 19, 10 am – 5 pm
26th Annual Launch Day Festival! Visit the museum grounds to mark the launch of the W.D. Lawrence, the largest wooden-hulled, full-rigged vessel ever built in Canada. See villagers dressed in their Victorian best as they demonstrate traditional skills and walk the processional through town. Don’t miss the launch re-enactment using a 17-foot scale model, or the banishment of the Whiskey Peddlers. Free; food bank donation accepted.

Fundy Geological Museum – Parrsboro
Curatorial Walks

Fridays and Saturdays
Discover the area’s rich geological past and natural heritage on a guided walks. Tours depart from the museum and last 3- 5 hours.  Start times vary due to the tides. Free with museum admission or with membership to the Cumberland Geological Society. Visit website for more details.

Highland Village Museum – Iona
Làithean Sona/Happy Days Children’s Living History Program
Wednesdays, 10 am – 4 pm
Children aged 8 to 12 can take part in this living-history program to get a sense of what life was like for Gaels of the past. The program features hands-on activities and costumes are provided. (Cost: $30. Prepaid reservations required.)

Ensemble Caprice (Musique Royale Concert)
Thurs, Aug 2, 7:30 pm
Come to the Malagawatch Church for an evening of music. Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. Ticket prices to be announced.

Spòrs/Gaelic Games for Kids
Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm
Children aged 5 to 10 can enjoy a morning of games that focus on language, song, dance and other aspects of Gaelic life.

51st Annual Là Mór a’ Chlachain/Highland Village Day Concert
Sat, Aug 4
Fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, highland dancers and more will come together to treat visitors to an afternoon of traditional Nova Scotia Gaelic culture in this outdoor concert. (Cost: $15, children 12 and under are free.)

Na Deugairean/ The Teenagers Living History Program
Thurs, Aug 9 & Thurs, Aug2310 am – 4 pm
Youth aged 13-17 can take part in this living history program to experience the responsibilities and lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. Special hands-on activities and costumes provided. (Cost: $30. Prepaid reservations required.)

Cuairt nan Coinnlean/Candlelight Tour
Thurs, Aug 9 & Thurs, Aug 237 pm – 9 pm
Join guides Jim St.Clair and Catherine Gillis for an evening of storytelling. (Cost: $12 adult, $28 family, $5 students)

Cossit House Museum – Sydney
Party like it’s 1786!
Mon, Aug 6, 2 pm – 3 pm
Join the Old Sydney society and Cosset House staff for fun and games – 18th century style! Enjoy Skittles, songs and activities for all ages! Refreshments to follow. (Cost: $3)

Fairy Tales in the Garden
Tues, Aug 7 & Wed, Aug 8, 2 pm – 3 pm
Enjoy a twist on favourite fairytales, brought to life in the Cossit House Heritage Garden. An afternoon both children and adults will enjoy! Lemonade and cookies to follow. (Cost: $3)

The OSS Scavenger Hunt
Thurs, Aug 9, 2 pm – 3 pm
Can you find the treasures in Cossit House? What about the secrets that lie in the museums of the North End of Sydney? There’s a prize for those brave enough to finish! Starts at St. Patrick’s Church Museum. (Cost: $2)

Butter-Making Experience
Fri, Aug 10, 2 pm – 3 pm
Butter was a bit of work to produce in the 18th century Cossit House family home. Experience the process yourself – complete with traditional tools and at the end, a traditional taste! Refreshments to follow. (Cost: $3)

Sherbrooke Village – Sherbrooke
Courthouse Concert Series
Thursdays, 7:30 pm
This year’s musical lineup will include Country, Folk and Celtic music. For a complete concert schedule, visit the Sherbrooke Village website. (Cost: $8 at the door)

Community Picnic
Sun, Aug 12
Sherbrooke Village is throwing gigantic picnic! Enjoy hot dogs, blueberry desserts and music at the performance centre. Proceeds benefit the St. James Church Maintenance Program.

Watercolour Camp
Mon, Aug 13 – Thurs, Aug 16
Susan Paterson will lead this four-day workshop about watercolour painting. Includes outdoor painting, interior, and still life work. Students will work at their own pace, on the subject of their choice, while Susan guides them in drawing, composition, perspective, colour mixing and other watercolour techniques. Early registration is recommended as space is limited. (Call 1-888743-7845 for more details.)

Rally That Gives
Fri, Aug 24 & Sat, Aug 25
From August 24-25, the Village will play host a motorcycle Show and Shine, a blues concert, raffles, meals and games. Motorcyclists interested in registering for the event can visit the Sherbrooke Village website for more information.

Fisherman’s Life Museum – Jeddore Oyster Pond
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
Thurs, Aug 16
Put on your hat and come to the tea party at this Eastern Shore fisherman’s house. Don’t have a hat? Come along anyway and enjoy the fun.


Kimberly is a homeschooling mother of two living with her dear husband of over 25 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She works from home as a homeschool coach and offers OBM, writing, editing, social media, and tech services. In her free time she likes to hand-spin, knit, read, volunteer in local theatre, and horseback ride.

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