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“Maritime Naval History at its best”

Maritime Command Museum
Ranked #82 of 137 things to do in Halifax
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Halifax, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Maritime Naval History at its best”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

In this former home of admiralty you will walk in the footsteps of royal visitors of the victorian era who had become kings of the Commonwealth. This mansion houses artifacts of naval history dating back to the inception of Halifax as a city in 1776. It is three floors of colourful and inspiring mementos from the past and present. Many of the exhibits inspire awe and reverence to those who have served us over the centuries. Because of its historical significance both as an architectural gem and for its contents, I would recommend a visit to this free museum.

Visited July 2013
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New Glasgow, Canada
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84 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“The Royal Canadian Navy presented with much pride”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

So much to see....if you ever wanted to be a sailor or had a little salt in your blood then you will be amazed..........

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Waterloo, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
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38 attraction reviews
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“An exciting & historic RCN venue”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

The static displays and exhibits are excellent, the significance of some displays can be lost if one does not take time to contemplate what is shown, however, the real treat is the extensive library of books and documents that are readily available for research of the RCN, the ships, sometimes the crew, and of course the role and action of all the ships in two world wars and Korea etc. There are civilian and military staff available to assist in searching records of ship deployment, convoy or other combat action. I was able to read about ships and military action that my dad was part of during WW2 and in Korea, I was surprised at how interesting this info was and how much I did not know before. An impulsive unplanned vist turned into an enjoyable 4 hour stay but, anothe visit during a later trip to Halifax is high on my bucket list.

Visited September 2012
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Mississauga, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
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“GO NAVY!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

This is hhe official museum of the Royal Canadian Navy. If you have just 1 day in Halifax, and you have any interest in Canadian maritime history, THIS is the place to visit. It's chock-a-block with artifacts and interpretive displays. The building itself was built for the admiral commanding the North American Station of the Royal Navy, and is nearly 200 years old (built 1818). As well as a precise of Canadian naval history, Admiralty House (Maritime Command Museum) also presents a Window into the world of Halifax social life from the timeouts establishment as the HQ if the admiral, to its various and successive roles in Naval life in Halifax.

Visited July 2012
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Halifax
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9 attraction reviews
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“A gracious old-fashioned surprise”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

This former admiral's house, almost 200 years old if chock full of models, artwork and uniforms from the Canadian Navy. The house itself is an elegant Georgian gem - you can just imagine Jane Austen walking down the main staircase. (One of her brothers lived here.) There are all kinds of quirky models and surprising naval keepsakes. A highlight is a beautifully arranged display on the art of Navy bells - the soul of a ship. Don't look for high-tech, razzle-dazzle lights and videos - the museum is a nice change for the techno museum displays so common now. The staff are friendly and will jump hoops if your have a navy question or connection. The museum is a bit hard to get to. You have to go through the main gate of the navy base down the street. They may ask for ID but usually just wave you through.

Visited October 2011
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