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Halifax Museum Tour (Self Guided), Halifax

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 or 2.9 Miles
Author: Cathy
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Discovery Centre
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame
  • Army Museum
  • Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
  • Thomas McCulloch Museum
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.
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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
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 Historical Buildings

Halifax Historical Buildings

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 or 2.8 Miles
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 or 1.4 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

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: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
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 or 1.6 Miles
Halifax Introduction Walk

Halifax Introduction 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 or 2.5 Miles