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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

1675 Lower Water St., Halifax, Nova Scotia

Learn about the seafaring history of Nova Scotia—which comprises the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island—and its strong connection to the Atlantic Ocean at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The museum traces the area’s maritime heritage, from the arrival of French, Irish, and Scottish immigrants by boat to the importance of the boatbuilding and fishing trades.

Located on Halifax’s waterfront, the museum displays models of many different types of boats with explanations of how they were used, plus an exhibit dedicated to the catastrophic Halifax Explosion in 1917. The MMA’s biggest draw is undoubtedly its Titanic exhibition—the belongings of passengers who died when the Titanic sank are displayed in the museum, alongside pieces of the wreckage. Children will love the chance to go onboard the CSS Acadia, built in Britain to survey Canada’s northern waters.

  • You’ll need to pay a small admission fee to enter the museum, but there are discounts for seniors and children.

  • Consider buying a combined pass for multiple Halifax attractions to save time and money.

  • The museum is wheelchair-accessible.

  • There’s a gift shop at the museum, where you can buy nautical souvenirs and books.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Water Street along the Halifax seafront. It’s within walking distance of other popular attractions including the Farmers Market and Alexander Keith’s Brewery. The main VIA rail station is a 15-minute walk away, and there’s a paid parking lot 5 minutes away.

During the summer season (May to October), the museum is open daily. In winter (November to April), it’s closed on Mondays. The CSS Acadia is only open to visitors open during the summer season. There are late-night openings on Tuesdays all year round.

With stalls selling the best of local produce—including everything from seafood and fresh bread to artisanal cheeses and cider—the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market is a must-visit attraction for foodies. Pick up a lobster roll or a bowl of seafood chowder, then head to the rooftop terrace for a picnic with views over the harbor.


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