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5 Must-Visit Museums in Halifax


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.

1. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road, Downtown Halifax

Pier 21 is a National Historic Site AND it's the site of Atlantic Canada's only national museum, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

This historic site located in the Port of Halifax was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 Canadian Military personnel during the Second World War.

Visit the museum and learn about Canada's extensive history of immigration from traveling and permanent exhibitions - there is truly something to interest everyone here.

Learn more about the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

2. The Discovery Centre

1215 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

The Discovery Centre is the perfect place to become immersed in learning!

The Discovery Centre rotates its Featured Exhibit every few months, so there's always something new to see and experience. The permanentgalleriesare hands-on exhibits that cover Energy, Health, Flight, and a galleryJust for Kids!

On top of all this, there's a hands-on Innovation Lab, AND an immersive Dome Theatre, making it very easy to spend hours exploring the Discover Centre!

Learn more about the Discovery Centre

Photo: Discovery Centre

3. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

5425 Sackville Street, Downtown Halifax

The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a must-see Halifax attraction.The hilltop location of the Citadel was strategically chosen in 1749 for its high vantage point and expansive view of the Halifax harbour, and it is equallyimpressive both inside and out.

Explore the Halifax Citadel’s grounds and recreated barracks, tailor shop and school. Visitors can even join the 78th Highlanders in their period uniforms for the day with the Soldier For a Day experience!

Learn more about the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

4. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

1675 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

Did you know that Halifax is home to Canada's OLDEST and LARGEST maritime museum?

Immerse yourself in the maritime history of Halifax and Nova Scotia. Discover permanent exhibits such as the Days of Sailand the Age of Steam, and explore Halifax's link to the infamous disasters like the sinking of the Titanicor the Halifax Explosion.

Take a seat in a replica Titanic deck chair or step aboard CSS Acadia and experience Nova Scotia's maritime history first-hand!

Learn more about the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

5. Museum of Natural History

1747 Summer Street, Downtown Halifax

The Museum of Natural History is a great attraction for anyone curious about the world around us!

The museum features galleries on Archeology, Geology, Mammals, Aquatic life, as well as exhibit with numerous live specimens native to Nova Scotia.

Don't forget to say hi toGus the Tortoiseduring your next visit!

Learn more about the Museum of Natural History