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Arts & Culture in Nova Scotia

As one of Canada’s most eastern Maritime provinces, Nova Scotia is filled with natural rugged beauty, home to many sea creatures, and encompasses a bustling cultural community waiting to be explored. With over 20 museums and informational landmarks, 13 national historic sites, and dozens of art galleries and theatres, Nova Scotia's storied history offers plenty of fun adventures the whole family can enjoy. From dinosaur fossils to fisheries, experience its rich history while making memories of your own discovering this eastern seaboard province firsthand. Celebrate Nova Scotian folk art at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, featuring well-known Canadian artist Maud Lewis and the acclaimed Mi'kmaq collections. Visit Halifax’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and rediscover the legends of the Titanic. Explore the art of fishing at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, NS, and embrace your love for country music at the Hank Snow Country Music Centre. Discover the arts and culture in Nova Scotia, and fall in love with this Canadian fishing town.

Perkins House Museum

Part of the Nova Scotia Museum, the Perkins House Museum is located in downtown Liverpool, and commemorates a piece of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada history. Open daily from early June through mid-October – 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – the museum charges a small admission free, and includes access to the Queens County Museum.

The former home of merchant, judge, and Member of the Assembly Simeon Perkins, the historic structure was built in 1766, and features interactive exhibits and the famed Perkins Diary.

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Nova Scotia visitors ready to learn about the history of the fishing industry along the North Atlantic coast, visit historic Lunenburg.

This small Atlantic Canada town is home to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Step inside this 46,000 square foot museum, located in the 19th-century Lunenburg Sea Products building, to learn more about this vital industry. Take your time through the museum to view the 43,000 artifacts and watch demonstrations of lobster trap making and fish filleting.

Schedule plenty of time to explore all three floors of exhibits. Step aboard the two deep-sea fishing vessels along the dock, for a hands-on look at what life was like on the water. Stroll past the fourteen tanks in the aquarium and enjoy watching a film in the Ice House Theatre. The Canada Age of Sail gallery and the working boat building shop are two of the more popular exhibits.

Hank Snow Country Music Centre

Set along the Lighthouse Route, the Hank Snow Country Music Centre is located in Liverpool – within Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada. Open daily throughout the year, the centre is a commemoration to local country music legend, Hank Snow.

Also the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, the Hank Snow Country Music Centre is housed within a former Liverpool railway station – where Snow often spent time as a child. The centre also features guided tours, a gift shop, and picnic areas.

Queens County Museum

Constructed in 1980, the Queens County Museum is set in Liverpool – and is a must-see while traveling through Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada. Maintained by the Queens County Historical Society, the museum is also home to the Thomas Raddall Research Center.

Open daily and year ‘round, the museum exhibits the history of Queens County. Visitors to the Queens County Museum may explore displays like the Simeon Perkins’ Diary, and take the family in tow to the Kids Corner.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Whether you've been on the high seas or admired from the shore, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is an ideal Halifax destination. Located along the waterfront, this museum showcases a collection of tens of thousands of artifacts. Schedule plenty of time to explore the variety of exhibits, including Titanic, the Unsinkable Ship and Age of Steam. View the Shipwreck Treasures, Small Craft Gallery and Days of Sail Gallery.

Be sure to walk aboard the CSS Acadia, the only ship left today to serve in World War I and World War II, for the Royal Canadian Navy. The museum also hosts special monthly programs, tours and events. Get out and explore to enjoy your Atlantic Canada journey.

Dartmouth Heritage Museum

Learn a bit about the area with a visit to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. First developed from a collection of local citizens' artifacts displayed in the local schools, the goal of this museum was to preserve the heritage of the Dartmouth region. After the formation of the Dartmouth Museum Society, the museum was officially established in 1967.

Visit the Museum, located in the Historic Evergreen House to tour the home and view the artifacts. Children love the Victorian dress up trunk and playing the "find the artifact" game. The house also serves as headquarters for the Dartmouth Heritage Museum administration. It's a great way to experience Atlantic Canada.

Cape Breton Miners' Museum

Make the most of your next Atlantic Canada adventure with a visit to the Cape Breton Miners’ Museum is located at the tip of Glace Bay on Cap Breton Island, north of Halifax. Visit the museum to view the collection of artifacts and photographs to learn about the region's rich coal mining history.

Mining in Cape Breton began in the 1700s and continued through the early 1870s with eight mining companies in operation. Stroll through the galleries to read the miners' stories and be sure to schedule time for the underground tour of the Ocean Deeps Colliery coal mine.