I've been going to this museum now and again ever since it opened in its current location, in the early 1980's. I love it. It's got all these model ships in glass cases - very traditional museum setting - but also lots of space and light with huge windows overlooking part of Halifax harbour. It tells the story of Halifax, as a deep-sea port, as a place where so many settlers arrived from various countries before setting off to their new locations in Canada. It has a section on the sinking of the Titanic (because most bodies taken from the sea were brought to Halifax) as well as a section for the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the largest man-made explosion prior to the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There is a lay-out from the Theodore Tugboat program. A live talking parrot. There's also the old Robertson's hardware store incorporated into the building, with various tools and other supplies to look at. A good book/souvenir shop selling lots of interesting things. I suppose they'd have to expand in order to have a coffee shop on site but it would be nice. Anchored outside is the CSS Acadia, which was an oceanographic research ship. I was told today that soon there will be an exhibit of the arctic expedition of 1913 which the Acadia took part in. So lots to see!
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