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Halifax Sights

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

  • 1675 Lower Water St. Map It
  • Halifax

Updated 11/15/2013

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The exhibits in this waterfront museum, housed partly in a restored chandlery, include small boats once used around the coast, as well as displays describing Nova Scotia's proud sailing heritage. The most memorable ones, though, are devoted to the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion. The former has 20-odd artifacts, including the ship's only surviving deck chair. Also on display are a section of wall paneling, a balustrade molding and part of a newel from the dual

curving staircase, a mortuary bag, and the log kept by a wireless operator in Newfoundland on the night the ship sank. In the explosion exhibit, "Halifax Wrecked," newspaper accounts and quotes from survivors are poignantly paired with everyday objects recovered from the rubble, among them a schoolboy's book bag and a broken pocket watch that will forever record the time of impact.

The museum has outdoor attractions, too. On the boardwalk right behind it is a ship-shaped children's playground and, steps away at the wharf, you'll see the hydrographic steamer CSS Acadia. After a long life of charting the coasts of Labrador and the Arctic, she's now permanently moored and museum-ticket holders can board her for tours from May through September.

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Sight Information

Address:

1675 Lower Water St., Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1S3, Canada

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Phone:

902-424–7490

Sight Details:

  • May–Oct. C$9.25; Nov.–Apr. C$5
  • May–Oct., daily 9:30–5:30 (to 8 pm Tues.); Nov.–Apr., Tues. 9:30–8, Wed.–Sat. 9:30–5, Sun. 1–5

Updated 11/15/2013

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Jun 12, 2009

Great Way to Experience Halifax History

Visiting the museum takes you into the past to the early 1900's. The Titanic exhibit and the Halifax Explosion exhibit are very well done and show two sides of the importance of Halifax as a world port: Commercial and Military. I really enjoyed the Halifax Explosion exhibit and being able to walk outside and see the actual locations helped make it real (and not just an old tale). It's definitely well worth seeing!

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Oct 9, 2007

Interesting but crowded

The titanic display was very nice, and the pirate display as well. We unfortunately arrived right around the same time as either a couple of tour busses, or a cruise ship excursion. Couldn't see many of the displays because of this. Next time we're in Halifax, we might go try it again to see what we missed.

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Aug 6, 2003

Don't miss the boat on this one!

Although the Titanic informamtion may draw you here, be sure to stay long enough to visit some of the other excellent exhibits including the one on the Halifax explosion and the city's resulting connection with Boston MA. Check out the excellent display of ship models on the second level before going downstairs to view the full size versions.

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