Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

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1675 Lower Water Street at Prince Street 902-424-7890

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    A fine piece of maritime history.

    by planxty Updated Nov 29, 2014

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    As part of the Museum of the Atlantic, which I have dealt with in a separate tip here and thouroughtly recommend, the traveller can also visit the CSS Acadia, which is an old sea-going vessel, the letters CSS standing for Canadian Scientific Ship or latterly Canadian Survey Ship, for that is what she was.

    If you are headed this way, I believe you can go on the ship independently of the adjacent Museum of the Atlantic which administers it, but I cannot imagine why you would want to unless time is extremely pressing.

    She is a bit of an "old tub" as I believe mariners refer to them, having been launched from the Swan Hunter yard in the UK in 1913. Notwithstanding that, she is a tough old bird and enjoys several distinctions. She is the only vessel afloat (and still very much afloat, believe me) to have survived the catastrophic Halifax explosion of 1917 (serving as a guard boat) where a munitions ship crashed into another vessel and blew half of Halifax to blazes. She is also the only Canadian vessel extant that served in both World Wars.

    Fighting, however, was never her principal purpose, she was a survey ship and spent many decades charting the often unpredictable waters all around Eastern and Northern Canada, and it is as such that she is presented for the visitor here. As always though, it was not the huge and very interesting history that got to me as I stepped aboard, it was when I peeked into the Radio Officer's cabin or looked at the crew's mess and so on that I got a an idea of what it must have been like to work here over so many years. It is always the small things that I remember. Conditions are spartan, to say the least, and even the Captain's cabin, whilst naturally more spacious than the rest, is hardly what you would call luxurious. Such were the lives of these brave, seafaring men and I have nothing but admiration for them.

    If you are wondering about the name, Acadia was the name given to the region under French rule some centuries ago. Opinion differs as to the origin of that name but it is, to this day, a very potent symbol of French influence around the Maritime Provinces. You may wish to look at some of my other Nova Scotia tips for further clarification of this.

    I do thoroughly recommend that you visit the Museum of the Atlantic (see separate tip on this page) but if time does not allow, then a quick visit to the CSS Acadia will certainly satisfy you, it is absolutely superb.

    Should you wish to visit, here are the logistics.

    Monday CLOSED 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Tuesday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm June 1 - October 31
    9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Admission Prices 2013
    May 1 - Oct 31 Nov 1 - April 30
    Adult $9.25 $5.00
    Senior
    65 + $8.25 $4.25
    Youth
    6 - 17 $5.00 $3.00
    Child
    5 and under Free Free
    Family
    Youth under 17
    + 2 adults $24.00 $11.50

    Regrettably, these are 2013 figures and they have not seen fit to update the pricing for this year which surprises me, given how efficient and friendly the "front of house" staff were. Maybe those in the "back room" are less diligent. Do not, however, let that put you off visiting what is an amazing vessel and well worth seeing. Again, and even more regrettably, their website (attached) does not even appear to have a place where you can tell them baout htis omission. Ah, well, don't let it put you off, it is a great thing to see.

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    THE MARITIME MUSEUM OF THE ATLANTIC

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Written Jun 17, 2007

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    This is a great museum and well worth a visit, we spent about three hours here in total. There are lots of boats on display as well as some interesting displays relating to the halifax explosion and the sinking of the Titanic.

    Check out the website for lots of info.

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    Discover how the sea shaped a city

    by Jefie Updated Sep 9, 2006

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    As one of the world's largest harbours, it comes as no surprise that Halifax's history should be so tied in with its maritime history. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic therefore is one the best and most interesting attractions in Halifax. Designed for both kids and adults, with some hands-on displays and plenty of information, the museum will let you find out more about such pivotal events as the sinking of the Titanic, many of this tragedy's victims having been buried in Halifax, and the 1917 Halifax Explosion that killed over 2,000 people and destroyed about half of the downtown area. Some quite telling objects are on display, such as a little girl's dress stained with blood and soot, and a pocket watch that stopped at the exact moment the explosion occurred. Also, entrance to the museum allowed us to see the visiting shooner Amistad. Captivating!

    The Amistad sailing through the Halifax Harbour Freedom Shooner Amistad at the museum's pier
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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    by victorwkf Written May 13, 2006

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    One of my biggest regret at Halifax is that I did not have the time to visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (I spent my time visiting Lunenburg, Peggy's Cove and Mahone Bay instead, but it was really worth it). This museum is conveniently located along Upper Water Street at the waterfront boardwalk area of Halifax and is opened all year round. Basically, it showcases the impressive maritime history and sea equipments used in the Atlantic, including the tragic Titanic, Halifax explosion, CSS Acadia etc.

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    by Blatherwick Updated Aug 29, 2005

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    This is the best museum in the Maritimes. There are a number of excellent exhibits but there are two major highlights that stand out. The exhibit on the tragic Halifax Explosion of 1917 occured on December 6 when two warships collided in Halifax harbor not far from the museum. It detonated tons of TNT and more than 1,700 people died. Windows were shattered 100km (60 miles) away.

    The second major highlight is the Titanic exhibit. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic holds 20 artifacts and dozens of photographs. The centrepiece of the exhibit is one of the only known intact Titanic deck chair in the world.

    The entry ticket also includes access to the CSS Acadia, which served as a scientific research vessel. The ticket also includes access to HMCS Sackville.

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    The best museum in Halifax (IMHO)

    by brazwhazz Written Jan 3, 2005

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    The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is a great place to visit, whether you are a boat enthusiast or not. It has many exhibits dealing with a wide variety of subjects, including the Titanic, the Halifax Explosion, Sable Island, treasure-hunting, history, etc.

    The entry ticket also includes access to the CSS Acadia, which serves as a scientific research vessel (though only open to the public from May to October, for obvious reasons).

    We had planned on spending maybe an hour in the museum, but ended up staying half a day.

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 17, 2003

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    This is a nice museum with a special kids section.

    You can start outside visiting the former hydrographic research ship CSS Arcadia, wandering through the Anchord Yard and visiting the Boat Sheds.

    Inside the museum at ground level you find the Giftshop and the Ship Chandlery, where the museum guide will tell strong stories.

    Continue into the museum and find a special kid's section called Theodore Tugboat.
    Furthermore there are: Navy, Convoy, Halifax Explosion, Sable Island and Small Craft.

    Up to the first floor it is for: Age of Steam, Visible Storage, Shipwreck Treasures, Titanic and the Days of Sail.

    Concluded with a visit to the AV Theatre and your day is complete.

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    by davidjoha Written Apr 20, 2003

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    At the Museum of the Atlantic there were many interesting and historical exhibits including fishing boats, Navy ships, Shipwreck Treasures of the Atlantic (including the Titanic), the Halifax Explosion, etc. The CSS Acadia is at dock and open to the public. There was also an interesting, and very worthwhile, 3-D movie showing the wreck of the Titanic.

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    by tvor Written Apr 1, 2003

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    A really good museum about Nova Scotia's relationship with the sea. There's also a good exhibition about the Titanic with some artifacts like a deck chair. There are a few hundred of the Titanic victims buried in two cemeteries here, Fairview and the Jewish Cemetery (sorry, can't think of the proper name for it just now). There is also a detailed exhibit on the Halifax Explosion that happened in 1917. (see general tips)

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    Maritime Museum of Atlantic

    by hayward68 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Shows nautical and marine history of Atlantic Canada. The permanent exhibits include Titanic: The Unsinkable Ship and Halifax Wrecked: The Story of the Halifax Explosion, an early Shipchandlery, Days of Sail gallery, small craft gallery and a lighthouse light. CSS Acadia, a 1913 hydrographic research vessel is moored outside.

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    by PrairieDee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
    A great museum with major exhibits on the Titanic (when it sank, Halifax was the closest port so it was involved in much of the rescue and salvage) and on the Great Explosion.

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    Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

    by Jim_Eliason Written Aug 19, 2014

    Fitting for a city whose livelihood has been so linked to the sea, Halifax's Museum of the Atlantic is a fantastic museum and maybe second only to the citadel as the prime attraction of Halifax.

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    The Halifax Maritime Museum

    by dinhyen Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit the Halifax Maritime Museum. Many interesting exhibits on maritime history and travel. There are several artifacts related to the Titanic, including the wooden deck chair seen here.

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