Explore Nova Scotia's history

Explore Nova Scotia's diverse history through a selection of museums, historical sites and landmarks.

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

This star-shaped naval station is a living history museum in the heart of downtown Halifax. Once a military fortification watching over the city, the building today acts as a window into Halifax’s history. Take the guided tour of the musket galleries, garrison cells and Army Museum; catch the 78th Highland Regiment practicing drills and the 3rd Brigade of the Royal Artillery firing the cannon at noon each day; and hear the bizarre legends and stories of ghosts who lurk in the Citadel’s shadows. For those up for a bit of fun, you can become a soldier for a day, where you will be kitted out in authentic uniform and learn to fire a rifle. 

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site

A commemoration of the genius inventor, the Alexander Graham Bell site exhibits some of Bell's greatest achievements, including recording technology and designed giant kites. Enjoy hands-on activities, family film and photographs and original artefacts.

Old Town Lunenburg

This UNESCO World Heritage site takes you back to the 18th and 19th centuries at this bustling waterfront hub. Tour on foot or by horse-drawn carriage and learn about adventures on the high seas at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. 

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront houses the largest collection of wooden artefacts salvaged from the wreckage of the Titanic. The collection tells a moving story of ill fortune, lost luxury and Halifax’s deep connection to the tragedy. Ships and sailors from Halifax played a key role in the rescue mission to save passengers and salvage items, and became the final resting place for many of the unclaimed victims. Tour the museum to see the shoes of an unknown child and an unbroken deck chair, all salvaged from the water in the weeks following the tragedy. You can even sit a replica of a Titanic deckchair to immerse yourself further in this poignant history.