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Province House

1726 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2Y3, Canada (Downtown Halifax)
902-424-4661
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Ranked #32 of 73 attractions in Halifax
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: Oldest provincial Parliament building still in use in Canada; a visit to its legislative library is recommended.
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English first
Halifax, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I took my political science students to see this for a field trip today. The tour guide was excellent and told us some great stories as well as giving us a detailed history and answering all of our questions. You get to see the Red Room with the thrones, the library and the Legislative Assembly. On the way in you... More

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Langley City, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The exhibits presented Nova Scotia from 200 years ago to present days. Interior was simple and elegant. I was the only one visiting. The outside wall was under renovation.

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Halifax, Canada
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259 reviews 259 reviews
126 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

There is really only 3 rooms to see: the Red Room, Library and the actual Legislative Assembly. All are worth seeing. There is also an interesting display about Joseph Howe. The tour guide was very knowledgable and fridendly. He answered every question our small group posed to him with authority. Whole thing took about a half hour and is free.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

As an American who has visited many U.S. State Capitols, this was a very interesting stop. We were there right before closing, but the guard let us in anyway. It was tiny, compared to any U.S. state house, and yet quite lovely. Just wish I could have seen a live session. So glad we stopped in!

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Calgary, Canada
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145 reviews 145 reviews
111 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We missed taking a guided tour (offered only in French when we arrived) but the friendly security guard gave us an abbreviated version of what we would learned while we were still in the foyer. You are able to wander through many rooms and even sit in the Speaker's Chair. There is an interesting display on Joseph Howe's freedom of... More

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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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162 reviews 162 reviews
60 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stopped here while in Halifax, since it was along our general walking path. Security was simple to navigate and it felt like we had the building to ourselves. Don't miss the library, it is beautiful and had interesting architecture. The molding in the red room, was also very beautiful. Would have loved a brochure to better detail what we... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Definitely spend about an hour visiting Province House, I found it well worth the visit during an impromptu walking tour of Halifax. It's free, and I had an interesting guided tour - she provided a wealth of information regarding the building's architecture, history, process of government, and details of the various material culture and portraits displayed in the building. The... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We walked over and although it is a very non-descriptive building walked right in the front door, went through security, and got our own private tour. This is the oldest provincial legislature in Canada, and it was the first responsible government in the British Empire. The guide was very knowledgeable and we were very impressed not only with the building... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Free and interesting. Still in use as government bldg. Free videos and tours of this historic property

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Dartmouth, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Architectural and historic interest, good addition to a walking tour of historic Halifax

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