Halifax Museum Tour, Halifax (Self Guided)

Because Halifax has a rich history its museums have much to offer visitors. You will be surprised to find out many new facts about ordinary things at the Discovery Centre, learn about the city's history in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the Army Museum and the Costume Studies Musueum, admire nature in the Museum of Natural History and Thomas McCulloch Museum and discover Canadian pastimes in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.
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Halifax Museum Tour Map

Guide Name: Halifax Museum Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Halifax (See other walking tours in Halifax)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: Cathy
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Discovery Centre

1) Discovery Centre (must see)

The Discovery Centre has been a popular attraction for all ages since it was opened to the public in 1990. This unique interactive museum offers about eighty activities, including creating a roller coaster, exploring shadows and illusions, making soap bubbles and many other exhibits. It also features fun educational movies such as The Human Body and Creatures of the Deep, as well as a great gift shop.
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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

2) Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (must see)

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada with a collection of over 30,000 artifacts including 70 small craft and a steamship: the CSS Acadia, a 180 foot steam-powered hydrographic survey ship launched in 1913. The Museum was founded in 1948. It was first known as the Maritime Museum of Canada and located at HMC Dockyard, the naval base on Halifax Harbour. Several naval officers served as volunteer chairs of the Museum until 1959 when Niels Jannasch was hired as the Museum's founding director, serving until 1985.

The museum moved through several locations over the next three decades before its current building was constructed in 1981 as part of a waterfront redevelopment program. Today the Museum is part of the Nova Scotia Museum system. In addition to all the artifacts, museum also has a collection of 30,000 photographs, as well as a large collection of charts and rare books. A reference library, open to the public, is named after the Museum's founding director, the Niels Jannasch Library.

The museum has Canada's largest collection of ship portraits including the oldest ship portrait in Canada, as well as a large collection of ship models including the original production models of the television show Theodore Tugboat.

Operation hours: Monday to Sunday: 9.30 am - 5:30 pm; Tuesday: 9.30 am - 8 pm.

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Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

3) Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame was officially opened in 1964, though the idea to create it had come earlier. Initiated by the mayor at the time, J.E. Ahern, its location has changed several times. Currently it is inside the World Trade and Convention Centre. Its collection is dedicated to the spirit and glory of historic Nova Scotian sporting events and athletes, including interactive exhibits.
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Army Museum

4) Army Museum (must see)

The Army Museum, located in an enormous granite citadel built in 1856, was opened to the public in 1953. Its extensive collection includes nearly 70,000 items related to Nova Scotia’s military history, including weapons, uniforms, medals and other awards. This museum also has a gift shop offering great souvenirs.
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Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

5) Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History (must see)

The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History features temporary and permanent exhibits related to the region’s biology, geology and zoology. It includes the Butterfly House and the Marine Gallery where visitors can actively explore the interactive exhibits. The pride of the museum is a tortoise named Gus, who is over 60 years old.
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Thomas McCulloch Museum

6) Thomas McCulloch Museum

Thomas McCulloch Museum is dedicated to the president of Dalhousie University over 150 years ago. Located in the Department of Biology, its collection includes a number of birds, insects, shells and coral specific to Nova Scotia. A collection of ceramic mushrooms by Alma and Ernst Lorenzen can also be found here, as well as new pieces being acquired periodically.

Walking Tours in Halifax, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Halifax

Create Your Own Walk in Halifax

Creating your own self-guided walk in Halifax is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Halifax Nightclub Tour

Halifax Nightclub Tour

Halifax offers a wide selection of trendy nightclubs to suit any taste, many of them located in the heart of the city. Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the quality service, great music and posh interiors. Halifax clubs also feature some of the most talented DJs who keep the crowd energized all night long.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Best Pubs and Lounges in Halifax

Best Pubs and Lounges in Halifax

Halifax is a busy city that has an active nightlife scene. With plenty of pubs and lounges to enjoy a cocktail or local beer, live music performances can also be found. Take the following tour to discover the best places in Halifax to enjoy your evening and receive great service.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Halifax Historic Tour

Halifax Historic Tour

Halifax, a city with a rich and fascinating history, contains a lot of historic architecture. Some landmarks reflect its culture, while others its political past, like the House of Assembly. Other sites speak of its development in education, such as Dalhousie University and the University of King's College.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Halifax Churches Tour

Halifax Churches Tour

Halifax contains a variety of religious buildings, including Brunswick Street United Church and Saint George's Church, as well as old Gothic ones such as Saint Mary's Basilica and Saint Patrick's Church. Besides their beautiful architecture, each one has a unique history all its own.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Halifax Art Galleries Tour

Halifax Art Galleries Tour

Halifax is an art-oriented city where many budding artists make their mark, which is why its streets are full of galleries. Whether you prefer classic paintings or modern sculptures, realistic photographs or abstract drawings, Halifax has a gallery to suit your taste.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Halifax is a city of arts where many budding artists make their mark; hence the number of art galleries. Also the city is noted for its rich and eventful history, manifested in numerous historic sights. Some of the local landmarks reflect the city's culture, others - its political scene. Follow this City Orientation tour and get yourself acquainted with the most notable attractions of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Halifax for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Halifax has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Halifax, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.