Nova Scotia Museum
LocationNova Scotia, Canada
Typedecentralised museum
Visitors549,500 (2015)[note 1][1]

Nova Scotia Museum (NSM) is the corporate name for the 27 museums across Nova Scotia, Canada, and is part of the province's tourism infrastructure. The organization manages more than 200 historic buildings, living history sites, vessels, specialized museums and about one million artifacts and specimens, either directly or through a system of co-operative agreements with societies and local boards. The NSM delivers programs, exhibits and products which provide both local residents and tourists in Nova Scotian communities an opportunity to experience and learn about Nova Scotia's social and natural history.[2] More than 600,000 people visit the facilities each year.


The NSM was created by the Nova Scotia Museum Act, a provincial legislation.

The Nova Scotia Museum began with the collection of the Mechanics Institute in Halifax, founded in December 1831. The museum was formally established in 1868. The Rev. Dr. David Honeyman was the first curator. He was followed by Harry Piers, who as curator from 1899 to 1940 oversaw a steady expansion of the museum's collection.[3]


As well as managing and maintaining historical collections, the museum has sponsored the publication of many historical books, pamphlets and other documents.[4]

The museum staff and volunteers undertake a variety of restoration projects,[5] create cultural and natural history displays,[6] and participate in historical reenactments.

The organization also issues Heritage Research Permits, allowing scientists to collect and study fossils and other archaeological artifacts.[7]


List of individual museums


  1. ^ The following is the total attendance figure from all 28 Nova Scotia Museum locations.


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia Museum Attendance (by region) 2006–2015" (PDF). Nova Scotia Museums. 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Allan Billard (3 October 2016). Lighthouses of Nova Scotia: Discovering their history and heritage. Formac Publishing Company. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-1-4595-0449-3.
  3. ^ "Nova Scotia Museum". Council of Nova Scotia Archives. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12.
  4. ^ "Collaborators launch new 'Harmful Nova Scotia Plants' app". Halifax Magazine, Sara Sawyer, March 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Model Building - Ships". Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine, August/September 2004
  6. ^ "N.S. history comes to life in calendar". Chronicle Herald, Elissa Barnard, December 22, 2017
  7. ^ A. J. Bowden; Cynthia V. Burek; R. Wilding (2005). History of Palaeobotany: Selected Essays. Geological Society of London. pp. 106–. ISBN 978-1-86239-174-1.
  8. ^ "Fihermen's Life Museum". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  9. ^ "Studying hockey’s heritage". Chronicle Herald, Heather Desveaux, d January 22, 2017
  10. ^ David Orkin (5 March 2017). Nova Scotia. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 305. ISBN 978-1-78477-040-2.
  11. ^ Alvyn Austin; Jamie S. Scott (2005). Canadian Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples: Representing Religion at Home and Abroad. University of Toronto Press. pp. 247–. ISBN 978-0-8020-3784-8.
  12. ^ "North Hills". Official site. Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  13. ^ Dale Dunlop; Alison Scott (20 May 2010). Exploring Nova Scotia: A Guide to 400+ Unique Adventures and Activities. Formac Publishing Company. pp. 329, 347. ISBN 978-0-88780-903-3.

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