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Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

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Address: 68 Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J2C0, Canada
Phone Number: +1 902-634-4794
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Sun - Mon 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This museum tips its hat to the rich fishing heritage of Canada's Atlantic...
This museum tips its hat to the rich fishing heritage of Canada's Atlantic Coast by offering a wealth of attractions and activities, from boarding the banks schooner Theresa E. Connor to talking with "old salts" who fished the North Atlantic.
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Lunenburg and Mahone Bay Day Trip from Halifax

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This is a great place to visit for people of all ages. I enjoyed the gift shop too. There is a little movie theatre on the 2nd or 3rd floor where there are several movies that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
Lindi L
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South Carolina
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South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This is a great place to visit for people of all ages. I enjoyed the gift shop too. There is a little movie theatre on the 2nd or 3rd floor where there are several movies that talks about fisheries in Nova Scotia. I also enjoyed the area where you could pet crabs, starfish, and other marine animals. I was able... More 

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Grimsby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited the museum on a day trip from our cruise ship docked in Halifax. The museum has a wealth of information about the history of fishing on the Atlantic coast. There are several parts to the museum besides all the exhibits - the Ice House theatre that shows a variety of films daily, an aquarium where you can see... More 

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Dunmore East, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Small but authentic museum that tells the story of fishing in this region. Interesting, even if you're not into maritime history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to the Fisheries Museum. It's located on a really nice spot, there is a ton of interesting historical information, live sea creatures and some video presentations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you want to get a great insight into local sea faring history it is a great place to spend some time. There are also lots of surrounding things to see, so the time is very well spent.

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Ashlee F, Public Relations Manager at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about the Fisheries Museum. We are so glad you found the museum and it's surroundings interesting. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We viisted Lunenburg simply because we had read and haerd that is a nicely restored fishing village in relatively original stae as it would have been in the early 20th Century. The Museum was an added bonus, and the attraction of guided tours of the vessels tied up alongside was a highlight. We were there in mid-October and as I... More 

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Ashlee F, Guest Relations Manager at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed Lunenburg and found the Museum as well! It is most fortunate that you had the opportunity to take in the Museum vessels on the last day of our operational season. Our Museum Captains really can speak from experience. Thank you for your great review. More 

Walkertown, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The town of Lunenburg is such a historic place, with the Bluenose II and other vessels at the dock as part of the museum you can almost feel the hardships the fishermen endured. The museum is filled with three floors of authentic exhibits from the industry. Don't miss the guided tour of the boats, the stories they tell from real... More 

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Ashlee F, Guest Relations Manager at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, responded to this review

We agree with you and feel that our Interpreter staff is an important link between our exhibits and our guests. We are glad you had a great experience speaking with the Captains on the Museum vessels. Thank you for posting your review. More 

Mahone Bay, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

made a reservation to this restaurant for my wifes Birthday. reserevatiion was for a total of 9 people. When we arrived the staff of this restaurant thought it was quit fine to seat us at tables that were not together, they refused to group up the tables. This was one of the worst experiences we ever had and we left... More 

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Ashlee F, Public Relations Manager at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, responded to this review

It is most unfortunate that you had a negative experience at the restaurant on our site. The Museum and the restaurant are 2 different businesses run seperately but if you would like, I can pass your review on to the restaurant management. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

A good local museum with interesting aquariums and good exhibits demonstrating the history of fishing in the North Atlantic. The museum was open although the outside boats were closed for the winter. This would make it a very interesting experience if we would have been able to go on the two boats but the museum is still worth a stop.

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Ashlee F, Guest Relations Manager at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, responded to this review

Many thanks for posting your review. We are glad you had the opportunity to visit the museum despite the fact that we were beyond our operational season. We do hope you have the chance to return again during our summer season when our vessels are open for visitors. More 

Columbus, Georgia
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220 reviews 220 reviews
56 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The lower level of the museum has a number of fish tanks that seemed to be mislabeled. Lots of information on "The Bluenose Schooner". There used to be races among fishing fleet schooners and Bluenose was a champion. Excellent story about its captain during a storm. There are exhibits on weaving, ship models, and outdoor exhibits. If you have any... More 

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Ashlee F, Guest Relations Manager at Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, responded to this review

We do strive to keep our aquarium labels current but will reinforce this going forward. We are very proud of our Bluenose exhibit and the history of 'The Queen of the North Atlantic'. We are presently under a major reconstruction and hope to have an improved flow of the Museum in general once the construction area is re-opened. We do... More 

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