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.
The Emera Oval is an ice skating rink that is impossible to miss on the Cogswell Street. Open year round, the rink serves as a recreational facility for all those interested in ice skating and speed skating. If you wish to learn, skating classes are also available at the center. Those who are just accompanying friends but don't really wish to try the sport for themselves, can cheer them from the viewing area. The facility has also been used for several national and local level competitions in the past and has been extremely popular since its opening in 2010.
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.
The Neptune Theater originally went by the name of Strand Theatre and was designed by famous architect Andrew Cobb. The Theatre is at its peak during the summer months when tickets sell like hot cakes, and is known among the fraternity as Atlantic Canada's biggest professional regional theater. The theater organizes a range of plays, from musicals to world and Canadian premiers. In the past, it has seen classic productions such as CATS, Westside Story and Beauty and The Beast. Situated in the heart of downtown, Neptune Theatre offers an invaluable experience.
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.
With something for everyone, Argyle Fine Art gallery is one of Halifax's most vibrant galleries. From paintings, drawings, photography and limited edition prints to fiber and sculpture, the gallery features works by well known Canadian artists as well as the emerging ones. Established in July 2000, they have a one of a kind selection of Canadian contemporary art which is unique to the culture and way of life there. The warm and cheerful atmosphere makes possible, a comfortable appreciation of the works on display.
If you are a sports enthusiast, then a visit to Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame will be a fruitful one. Established in 1964, this repository is one of the best of its kind in the region and probably the province's only one that showcases local sportspeople who have achieved great success in their fields. Covering various eras and different sports as well as the people who impacted the game, this museum will enthrall all ages. Check out the lockers of inductees and legends or get transfixed at the Cisco Theatre where some momentous moments are showed. Engage yourself on the Tim Hortons Sport Simulator. With over 7000 artifacts and clippings, the collection just seems to grow. Some of the great sporting heroes of Nova Scotia featuring in their hall of fame are Sam Langford (heavyweight boxer) and Sidney Crosby (ice hockey player).