Arts & Culture July 5, 2017

5 Museums in Halifax you HAVE to visit during summer vacation!

The last thing most of us want to do when the weather is sunny and warm is stay inside, but even the beautiful Halifax summers bring some rainy days that require a plan B! So if you’re stuck indoors and looking for a fun outing, one of Halifax’s local museums are always a great option for indoor fun.

These museums are great for all ages, and are perfect for Halifax’s unpredictable weather at any time of year. On top of it all, there are plenty of super-cool events taking place at Halifax’s museums this summer!

Here are 5 Halifax Museums You Have to Visit During Summer Vacation

1. Museum of Natural History

Cat Fest: Dig out the cat ears from your costume trunk! The 3rd annual celebration of all things feline is taking place July 8th and 9th. There will be live cats, hands-on activities, cat charities, vendors and even a pop-up cat café. This event is sure to be a paradise for cat lovers, not to mention a great way to support animal welfare in our community.

Fantastic Frogs: Cats are not the only creatures taking over the Museum of Natural History this summer. Between now and July 8th, you can learn about and interact with a variety of live frog species! This exhibit will include live demos and interpretive panels to show you exactly why frogs are so fantastic.

@mnhnovascotia is free for Can Can Day today folks, Bee sure to check it out, you don’t wanna Moose this one 😉

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2. The Discovery Centre Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family exhibit is likely to be slightly more epic than your average family reunion. This interactive exhibit is making its North American debut right here in Halifax, and visitors have until August 25th to check it out. See enormous dinosaur fossils and learn all about where and how these amazing creatures lived and evolved around the world. You can even pretend you’re an extra in Jurassic World and get up close and personal with the whole clan in the augmented-reality experience.

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3. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Canada turns 150 years old this year, and to celebrate, Parks Canada is offering FREE ADMISSION to all national parks for the entire year! On Canada Day at the Halifax Citadel, visitors will enjoy free cake, music and military performances, and on July 18th and 19th, the Citadel will host the mesmerizing RCMP Musical Ride. And as though there wasn’t enough going on this summer, there’s even more to do! Make sure you’re in Halifax during the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, taking place from July 29th to August 1st. There will be plenty of activities to enjoy as part of the event, including historic tunnel tours at one of Halifax’s other fascinating National Historic Sites, George’s Island.

4. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Tuesday Night Tunes: This is the 5th year running for the annual free concert series. Scheduled every Tuesday night from June 6th to August 29th at 7pm, a different featured performer will play each week by the boardwalk outside the Maritime Museum. Enjoy an evening relaxing (or dancing, if that floats your boat) on the Halifax waterfront, listening to local talents such as The Ragged Robins, Keonté Beals, and Jigs Start Here. Halifax Wrecked: 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, a defining event in the history of the city. The blast occurred on the morning of December 6th, 1917, killing approximately 2,000 people and injuring 9,000. This award-winning exhibit walks visitors through that day, and demonstrates what life was like in Halifax both before and after the tragedy.

A Pirate’s Fate Piracy is murder and robbery at sea. It dates to ancient times and continues today. The “Golden Age of Piracy” occurred from 1690 to 1730 when Nova Scotia, was largely unsettled by Europeans, making it a possible location for pirates to hide-out or refit. The governor of Fortress #Louisbourg in the mid 1720s was so afraid of pirate attacks in Cape Breton that he asked for extra naval protection. One of the nastiest pirates of the “Golden Age”, Ned Low, raided fishing fleets who used Nova #Scotian harbours as shelters and fishing stations. Low terrorized a New England fleet in Shelburne in 1720. Some have suggested that he hid #treasure in Nova Scotia. . . . . . #pirate #piratefate #martimemuseum #martimuseumoftheatlantic #lowerwaterstreet #museum #halifaxns #novascotia #canada #halifaxnoise #discoverhalifax #destinationhalifax #igers_novascotia #narcityhalifax #downtownhalifax A post shared by Pardeep Kumar (@pardeep131085) on

5. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canada Day 1: This exhibit runs until November 12th as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. Compelling artwork and objects are displayed to illustrate newcomer experiences from the dawn of confederation to today. You can even plot the journey of your own ancestors on a giant interactive map. This exhibit has already travelled to 7 Canadian cities, with more stops planned before the year is out. Make sure you enjoy it before it moves on!