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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Neighborhood: Downtown Halifax
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  • 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, Pennsylvania83 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • MKJourneys
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,295 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Rebecca L
    Atlanta, Georgia1,486 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Emilie K
    Regina, Canada34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Titanic, Explosion, and more
    The museum had excellent exhibits on the Titanic, the Halifax Explosion, and other maritime topics. I really appreciated the talk about the Explosion by the staff member, it helped me to understand more about that tragedy. Well worth a visit, we spent at least a couple hours there. Parking was a bit of a challenge for us as there were events happening that day at the waterfront just outside.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
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Tim Y
Reno, NV305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Halifax is nothing if not the essence of a martime city.
This museum is not too expensive, and offers a number of interesting exhibits, outlining the history of Halifax, and its relation to the sea. It's well worth an hour or two of your time.
Written February 10, 2020
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Mort S
Bedford, Canada365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a "must visit" venue for locals getting acquainted with our maritime history and tourists from afar visiting Halifax for the first time. The displays are educational and provide an historical viewpoint for all to appreciate. The ship models are worth a visit in and of themselves: absolutely stunning in the attention to detail involved. Younger ones will appreciate the varied experience. Allow two to three hours to take it all in.
Written February 1, 2020
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Excellent, well curated museum. Documented the Titanic and Halifax Harbour disasters with memorabilia, some of which was found close by. It also remembered the many Nova Scotia shipwrecks with poignant reminders. It wasn't only negative, there were many bright boats on display and another tribute to Samuel Cunard and all his accomplishments in the shipping and passenger industry. The museum was very busy with groups when I went and so I had to wait to see some exhibits, but still an immense experience which provided me with some crucial insight into certain events, which I had long since forgotten..
Written August 30, 2021
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Franklinmacd
Charlottetown, Canada943 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This museum is all about the nautical aspect of the maritimes. They have some unique things here and some interesting Titanic exhibits. The thing I was dissapointed in was the size. It only took us about an hour to see all of it. The thing that really peaked my interest was their resident parrot. I believe his name was Merlin. He can say hello, peakaboo, pretty bird and a few other words. A very pretty parrot. He has been there for quite a few years. He has his own web cam so you can see him whenever you feel like logging in. All in all it is worth a look especially since it is not expensive to get in.
Written February 23, 2020
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G W
Toronto, Canada632 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The museum is pretty cheap to enter and has some great exhibits of the Titanic and the 1917 Halifax explosion. Well worth the visit. Take some time to sit on the roof patio and enjoy the view of the harbour.
Written June 9, 2022
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Terry S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
I am a longtime resident of Halifax and first time visitor to the museum. I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to visit the museum at first, until I was inside. The museum had amazing history ranging from the Halifax explosion, Titanic disaster to Halifax shipbuilding and the Canadian Navy's presents in Halifax throughout time. This is a must see when downtown and is FREE during the month of August.
Written July 29, 2021
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TripPhotographer52
Cincinnati, OH1,813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My friend and I were touring parts of eastern Canada and this was on our bucket list. The price was reasonable and the staff was very friendly (as are most Canadians). We happened to arrive just when a staff person- Nathaniel- was giving a tour (free) of the highlights of the museum and we enjoyed his stories and explanations a lot. I wish we had more time to explore the many exhibits but we also wanted to visit the Pier 21 immigration museum. We were impressed by what we saw and heard about the development of seafaring ships and the disasters of the Titanic (which went down closer to Newfoundland but the survivors etc were brought to Halifax) and an explosion in 1917, etc.
Written July 2, 2022
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Alison G
Nova Scotia, Canada126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This museum isnt very big, but we very much enjoyed our visit. The Halifax Explosion exhibit was very well done & we learned so much about that fateful day.
We also loved the Titanic exhibit, the artifacts from the ship were amazing & the set up of the exhibit was interesting & informative. We also enjoyed “Merlin” the parrot & the little mouse that visits him frequently.
Well worth a visit when in Halifax
Written August 6, 2020
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Peter G
St. Catharines, Canada32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
My wife & I were in Halifax for a day and a half in September and were looking for things to do. After wandering around the surprisingly unimpressive Halifax Boardwalk area, we decided to go to this Marine Museum. Now, I'm not usually much for museums and cultural exhibits but I found this place to be extremely interesting. The layout of displays was very well done and storyboards were plentiful describing the exhibits and their significance to the area.

We found the display areas for the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion particularly interesting and we learned a lot from just spending a couple of hours there. The cost of entry was more than reasonable!

I would highly recommend this place be added to your list of things to see & do while in Halifax. It actually turned out to be the highlight of our short stay in Halifax!
Written October 15, 2021
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NWRob
Malvern, PA721 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
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.
Written July 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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