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Established in 1908, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia Halifax is a premier art gallery in Atlantic Canada. Showcasing Nova Scotian works, it is among the finest art institutions in the country. In its effort to promote lifelong learning, the gallery also provides in-school programs, hands-on workshops and other opportunities for families, children, teens and teachers, as well as, organizes tours, films and lectures. With more than 17000 artworks on display, it is indeed a visual delight for art lovers.
At the Maritime Museum of Atlantic, you can explore the hydrographic research vessel, CSS Acadia, which is berthed at this museum's wharf. At other times, content yourself with wandering through the William Robertson & Son Ship Chandlery. For those interested in the Titanic, you might be aware of the fact that the recovered bodies of the tragedy were brought to the city's morgue and then interred here in 1912. Watch a film depicting the tragedy that was the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Check out more than 40 small watercraft and thousands of artifacts. Souvenirs can be purchased in the Museum Shop. The Museum is also rented out for different events.
Within walking distance of downtown, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History is a must see. Beautiful exhibits show life as it was for Nova Scotia natives. Examine the exquisite bead and quillwork on ancient clothing or check out the displays of local animals and insects. There is a see-through beehive that allows you to watch the critters go about their business. Kids especially love petting Gus the turtle, finding hiding places of tiny mice and voles and watching butterflies in the summer months.
Pier 21 was one of the most important ports for immigration in Canada and welcomed more than one million refugees between 1928 and 1971, comparable to Ellis Island on the US East Coast. The Canadian Museum of Immigration was built in 1999 to tell the story of this mass immigration and provide access to the only ocean immigration shed still standing in Canada. As part of the National Museums of Canada, it is the only museum in the country dedicated solely to immigration. Its exhibits are such that they appeal even to children and acquaint them with a major historical phenomenon that occurred over decades. Learn more about the Canadian role in World War II, delve into the desperate stories and dreams of the brides and children who sought refuge in Halifax and purchase a souvenir at the gift shop as a remembrance of your visit. Temporary exhibits and projects such as Digital Storytelling and Culture Trunks give visitors a fun and holistic learning experience.