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Nova Scotia Museums – May Events


Museum of Natural History

Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television
Opening Fri, May 18

Featuring more than 40 costumes and objects from science fiction films and TV programs, this exciting exhibition shows visitors how costume design uses colour, style, scale, materials, historical traditions, nature and cultural cues to help actors and audiences engage with the characters being portrayed.

Highlights include:

  • The Wicked Witch of the West’s hat from The Wizard of Oz (1939).
  • Leather jacket worn by Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Indy’s whip from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
  • Leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984).
  • Costume worn by Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters II (1989).
  • Embroidered robe worn by actor Joe Turkel in Blade Runner (1982).
  • Batman costume worn by George Clooney in Batman & Robin (1997).
  • Tunic and sash worn by William Shatner in the Star Trek episode “Mirror Mirror” (1967).

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World

This original exhibit, researched and developed by museum staff, explores the history of cable ships in Nova Scotia and highlights the significant roles of the Halifax-based ships Mackay-Bennett and Minia as part of the recovery operations following the sinking of RMS Titanic.

Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World also examines how cable ships contributed to the establishment of global communications; literally laying the foundation for trans-Atlantic wireless communication.

True Tales of the Titanic

As our city and the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, the museum offers programs that separate the disaster’s fact from fiction.

Programs include:

  • Away all Boats: Learn how to put on a cork life-jacket like those used aboard Titanic and how to lower a lifeboat, using a small working model of the vessel’s boat deck.
  • Signals from the Past: Discover the fascinating world of Morse Telegraphy and how it changed our world.
  • Titanic and Pop Culture: Join one of our heritage interpreters as they examine the continuing fascination with the events of 1912 and how this tragedy still resonates today.
  • Preparing Titanic’s Dead: Learn about the heroic efforts of the cable ship crews, undertakers and embalmers, who all had to work against time to preserve the victims of the sinking at sea and in the morgues.

The Natural History of our Atlantic Coastline
Tues, May 15, at 7:30 pm

Join Dr. Scott Cunningham, co-founder of the Halifax Field Naturalists, for a kayaking journey around Atlantic Canada’s shorelines. During this talk, be inspired by the beauty of land meeting sea; a place where – washed by the relentless ocean waves – our earth history is always on display.


Ross Farm Museum

Woolly Weekend
Sat, May 19 – Mon, May 21

Spring is here and the sheep at Ross Farm have had their lambs and are ready for their annual shearing. Enjoy demonstrations of sheep shearing, wool washing and yarn spinning as you learn about the importance of sheep to early settlers.


Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Come explore life at sea, up close and personal, at the Fisheries Museum in the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg. Learn about rum-running, whales and August Gales in our galleries.  Hear stories about the incredible Bluenose II as she undergoes her restoration at the local Lunenburg Shipyard.  Meet lobsters, flounders and cod in our aquarium. Visit the Salt Store Gift Shop or dine at the Old Fish Factory Restaurant. Browse at your leisure or take a guided tour. Come rain or shine, relax and enjoy! A fun day for the entire family!


Firefighters’ Museum

Imagine the clang of the fire bell, the smell of smoke and the feel of hot steam as firefighters of the past raced to save burning homes in Yarmouth and communities across Nova Scotia.  See the types of fire engines used in Nova Scotia from the 1800s to the 1930s; marvel at antique hand-drawn and operated engines such as Canada’s oldest horse-drawn steam engine, an 1863 Amoskeag Steamer; and take the wheel of a 1933 Chev Bickle pumper as you discover the history of firefighting in this province.


Fundy Geological Museum

Come and explore Nova Scotia’s ancient world near the Bay of Fundy, where the world’s highest tides erode the towering sea cliffs to reveal evidence of 200 million-year-old fossils and local minerals, including amethyst and agate gem stones. Discover these Jurassic and Triassic landscapes where Canada’s oldest dinosaurs once roamed and unearth this province’s rich geological past!


Museum of Industry

Come explore Atlantic Canada’s largest museum to discover the people, places and machines of Nova Scotia’s industrial past. Push, pull, lift, drop and laugh as you enjoy acres of exhibits and interactive displays that highlight how technology – and people – worked throughout this province’s history.

Keep pace on the assembly line, get a workout at the water powered pumps and bask in the spirit of invention as you marvel at Canada’s oldest surviving steam engine. Featuring 30,000 artifacts, the Museum of Industry is the best place to find out what “Made in Nova Scotia” really means!


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.