Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
4.5
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Immerse yourself in the rich marine history depicted by this museum's vast collection from binnacles and buoys to anchors and armaments.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Adetoyese O
    Edmonton, Canada586 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enlightened Visit
    I was so happy that I was able to make it to the museum during my short stay in Halifax. I only browse through, though. It cost $5.15 for an adult and I enjoyed every bit of the trip. I will surely come here again anytime I visit Halifax and particularly bring my children on the visit. I love the explosion section, which detailed the explosion that happened in 1917. There is also the section that explained the beginning of the Canadian Navy and the push back around it. The staff at the reception was also very courteous with a warm smile. Overall, it was a great experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Julie S
    308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    Great museum, this was my 2nd visit and I would certainly come again. Lots of interesting displays, I particularly enjoyed the one about the Halifax explosion. Great little shop with lots of gift ideas. Loved Merlin the macaw too. Very cheap for a good afternoon out.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 26, 2023
  • williamNola
    314 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    the best place there is to spend a rainy day
    first let's state the one disappointment - the ships were closed. i enjoy climbing in and out and through ships. having said that there isn't much else to complain about. the ten or so boats in the main hall will eat up all your time if you're not careful. so pace yourself. the explosion exhibit is outstanding. i knew there was a port catastrophe during WWI. but that 's extent of it. now i know all the facts and they are gut wrenching. the titanic exhibit is small but very effective. there is another exhibit in another building that most people skip but i spent 20 years in the drayage business so i enjoyed that one too. great museum
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
  • tmpnqn
    Williamsport, Pennsylvania82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum
    Great museum! Our adult daughter has a fascination with disasters and this museum fed her interest. With displays on the Titanic (The victims who did not survive were taken to Halifax) and on the Great Explosion that leveled a large portion of the city it was a very interesting museum. There were displays dedicated to the many shipwrecks along the coast and the way the survivors were rescued.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 25, 2023
  • Natalie H
    Toronto, Canada181 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly Good, Was Better Than Expected
    There are 2 floors to the museum. When you enter, there's a information display to your left that talks about the history of the building that houses the museum. In front of you is where you pay for your admission. Adult admission is $9.55. The day we went, they were showing a special short 11 min film about the Titanic: The Halifax Story between 11 am to 12 pm on the second floor in their mini theatre. There's another movie that plays. About the Bluenose. Another movie called Sable Island plays, 28 min. They seem to show different movies, with different times. I caught the tail end of the Bluenose movie. The last movie today is Sable Island. The museum workers show movies on days that are particularly busy, to thin out the crowds in the exhibits. The walking onto the deck of the CSS Acadia wasn't open, cause of the rainy weather. On the ground floor, there's a person working on assembling model ships. There are lots of model ships. There is history here about the Halifax Explosion. There is a Indigenous exhibit. They have a parrot in a cage here named Merlin. The second floor has history about the Titanic and Nova Scotia shipwrecks. Artefacts of the Titanic can be found in the displays. And a lot of model ships. There's an area about sailing as well.bthe floorboards creak very loudly- I assume to mimic the creaky floorboards of an actual ship. The day we went, it got pretty busy as time passed. We spent about 5 hours here. Surprisingly a good museum. Was much more than we expected.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • NWRob
    Malvern, Pennsylvania721 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Amazing little museum that has something for everyone! I went for the exhibits on the Titanic and on the Halifax explosion in 1917. The exhibits did not disappoint. Halifax has many original articles from the Titanic because they were a major force involved in the recovery mission due to their proximity to the site of the accident. To see numerous pieces from the wooden ornamentations and many pieces of actual belongings was quite amazing. For some reason, when viewing something from a catastrophe, it is always the little things that grab the heart. In this case it was a pair of baby shoes. The child was unidentified until relatively recently; modern scientists have identified the victim as a 19 month old little boy who perished with the ship. It was not necessarily women and children in the lifeboats- first class passengers got seats in the lifeboat before women and children and many lifeboats entered the water only half full. I also never knew that the captain of the ship was not really prepared to command a ship the size of theTitanic. The exhibit of the Halifax explosion was quality impressive and included many original artifacts. This is certainly a museum worthy of your time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2023
  • PavlaPavla
    Chrudim, Czech Republic6,560 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large ship models, 1917 Halifax explosion, Titanic...
    There are several expositions in this museum. In the first one large boats that people used for fishing and sailing are exhibited. Another part is the exhibition dedicated to the 1917 Halifax explosion. There is a large collection of model ships. This part is really impressive. The models are huge and I liked them very much. Then there is a part about the Titanic. Here you can see authentic items from this ship and even touch one of them.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Kara C
    25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do the ships outside too
    I am not a ship or marine person. I am a history person. So I expected to just spend 2 hours here and move on. I could have spent a longer time here. Only my growling stomach got me to leave. Though if you go do the Titanic part before the cruise ship people show up or you will be blocked. The rest of the museum is very interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • MKJourneys
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    LOTS o see!
    We got in late to Halifax and rushed over to the museum to mainly see the Titanic exhibit. We arrived 45 minutes before closing and when we walked in we realized that there is a lot to see besides the Titanic. So make sure to leave a lot of time to explore all the exhibits. It obviously is marine focused but if you like history you’ll love this place. This museum is located on a harbor boardwalk that is great for a stroll and an ice cream. Many restaurant options in this area too with great views of the water.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Rebecca L
    Atlanta, Georgia1,480 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful museum
    We came here to see the Titanic exhibit. However, I really enjoyed learning all about the Halifax explosion of 1917. I didn’t know about it and found the museum did a great job. The museum had other exhibits on sailboats, famous shipwrecks, and the steamship period. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours and absorb the area’s rich maritime history.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
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laurencasey
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great way to spend an hour or two! $10 for two adults and one child under 6. Scavenger hunt for the kids was fun, and kept the little one engaged in the exhibits, lots to see and some fun interactive exhibits. Details about the Halifax explosion, the Titanic and all of the centuries of detail about the Halifax Harbour.

Staff were super helpful, showing us secret spots and got to find all of the scavenger items when we got stuck.

5 year old of the group rated it a 10/5.
Written December 2, 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK2,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A fascinating museum, both in the main building and also on the Acadia ship outside in the harbour.
Learned about the harbour explosion, though it took some digging to find out more about the 2000 who were killed.
We weren’t fussed by the Titanic exhibition, where all the displays were closer together than anywhere else in the museum for some reason, so it was really crowded, especially with the ‘just off the cruise ship for the day’ folks in.
Seemed to be making the most of the fact that Halifax was the nearest place when the liner sank.
Cunard display was brilliant, as was Days of Sail, especially the creaking deck and moving backdrop on a cabin, which almost convinced us we were actually on a ship.
Written November 15, 2023
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Terri N
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We spent over 2 hours in this museum and didn't see it all. So much history! Of special interest was the 1911 Explosion in Halifax Harbour and the sinking of the Titanic in 1917. Very well presented displays.
Written November 12, 2023
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TERRAvelista
London, UK17,547 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We came to this place, travelling 3000km retour trip all the way from Toronto visiting all these places of interest up to PEI as family wanted me to learn about this beautiful part of Canada:

- we visited the museum the next day after Lee storm kept us in our hotel and fortunately the museum was not charging any entrance fee, saving us some good money
- we probably spent a few hours visiting both levels of this museum and could not resist, had to buy some black mugs to add to our collection of black mugs from around the world: they were so much cheaper here than the Freedom tower in NY
- we started with the amazing boats on the ground floor and then moved upstairs where you find not info on Titanic, besides lots of info and relics from the other ships sunk in this area
- there is a massive amount of salvaged pieces from the ships sunk in the last hundreds of years, if you like discovering this kind of stuff, I highly recommend to come during the week when maybe not lots of screaming kids would be around
- there is also info on the massive explosion that took place 100 years ago, due to the collision between 2 ships, one being an ammunition ship, thus levelling this town: this is something you hardly learn in Europe

My other half is a huge fan of this place, most surely we will be back again in the future.
Another piece of advice is to consider where you park your car: we arrived before10am and we kept going in circles because we could not find a parking space. We discovered a parking spot in one of the parking spaces located towards the end of Water St: most of the roads are only one way here, so is worth planning even parking. There is a massive walking area near the water with lots of restaurants/shops/arcade and small cheap/touristy pop up icecream/snaks/burgers and other type of foods which is rather fun - check the map.

Don't forget to have a conversation with Merlin, their gorgeous 'parrot' located on the ground floor, after their shop, and send my squeecky regards.
Written October 27, 2023
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Kimberly T
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I found the history and artifacts from the Titanic to be fascinating. The information and artifacts from the Halifax explosion were just as interesting.
Written October 26, 2023
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KK78
Bay Shore, NY729 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I went for the Titanic Exhibit, but stayed for the rest. Nice displays on maritime life, the Halifax explosion and the Titanic. I did not realize that Nova Scotia played such an important role in the aftermath of the Titanic sinking. Very fascinating.
Written October 24, 2023
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Gardiner W
Vancouver, Canada423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Lots of history...the Halifax explosion, the sinking of the Titanic, the battle of the Atlantic (WW II), and an interesting section on the local MicMac indigenous folks and their inter relationship with the later European arrivals. If you don't know much about Atlantic Canada history this is the place to visit. Open 7 days a week (perhaps just during the tourist season?) and well worth a couple of hours.
Written October 8, 2023
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MarinaFollowsTheSun
Berlin, Germany1,883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Interesting museum, nice to visit not only on a rainy day. Lots of stuff about the Titanic. Look out for the parrot!
Written October 3, 2023
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TravelerUK1
PA43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Interesting place to spend a couple hours. The ship models are so detailed. The Titanic exhibit is the most popular. I unfortunately was there when a tour bus full of people were there as well and you could barely walk though the exhibit. The exhibit on the Halifax Explosion was very interesting, especially since I got to learn more about it on a day tour I took a couple days earlier. The museum is by the harbor. It's worth a stroll along the waterfront afterwards. I also visited the CSS Acadia. Nice ship, but not much to see.
Written October 1, 2023
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suffdoc
england95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Excellent museum, - we were particularly interested in the Titanic disaster and the Halifax Explosion. The Museum had good exhibitions of both of these, and offered knowledgeable interesting talks by the museum guides. Higly recommended to spend at least 1-2 hours there.
Written September 24, 2023
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