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NOVA SCOTIA MUSEUM PASS

The Nova Scotia Museum Pass is your ticket to experience Nova Scotia's culture and heritage like never before! The Nova Scotia Museum is a family of 27 thematically diverse museums located across the province. The credit card-size Pass buys admission to any and all of the 27 sites for one low price! Simply show the Pass at any Nova Scotia Museum site to gain immediate and hassle-free access to a great museum experience.

Why is the Pass a Great Deal?

The Nova Scotia Museum Pass offers convenience, flexibility and the best value for your dollar. The one-time, low cost enables you to visit and re-visit as many of the 27 Nova Scotia Museum sites in the province as often as you like for a 12 month period. And, because Nova Scotia Museum sites are located throughout the province, a fun-filled, educational museum experience is always nearby! The Nova Scotia Museum Pass is flexible since it can be used at all Nova Scotia Museum sites and adapts immediately to your travel plans. With 27 museums offering diverse experiences, there's something for all ages and interests! Choose between two versions of the Nova Scotia Museum Pass: The Family Pass (two adults and their children) sells for $75 Canadian; the Adult Pass (18 years +) sells for $37.50 Canadian. The Pass offers great value to those planning to visit several Nova Scotia Museum sites. Day admission rates at most of our 27 sites vary from $2 per adult to $9 per adult. The more often you use the Pass, the more value it delivers! Please note, some museums can be enjoyed year-round, while others are seasonal.

How do I Buy a Nova Scotia Museum Pass?
For your convenience, there are a variety of ways to purchase a Nova Scotia Museum Pass:

  • Passes can be purchased at any of the 27 museums
  • Purchase a Pass with your credit card by calling the toll free information line at 1-800-632-1114. Visa and MasterCard accepted. The Nova Scotia Museum will send your order by mail.
    Terms & Conditions
  • Passes are for general museum admission only. Special events and programming may incur additional charges.
  • Passes are not sold to group tours.
  • Passes are non-transferable.
  • Please validate the Pass, by signing it upon receipt.
  • Passes are valid 12 months from issue date. The more you use your pass, the more value it delivers!
Flash your pass to experience our rich heritage
...launch a model ship...hear superstitions of the sea....weave an eel pot to catch eels...experience life on a rural 1800s farm...visit an Acadian Village...sit for your portrait in 19th-century costume...see lobster traps being made...learn of the Titanic tragic tale...marvel at the oldest and smallest dinosaur fossils in North America...watch as oats are transformed into flour...make water power work...meet stars of the sea at the Sea life Aquarium....shear a sheep...be dazzled by fine antiques and amazing architecture...stroll historic trails...learn of the people and events that shaped Nova Scotia's history....

Nova Scotia Museums Listed Alphabetically

The Acadian Village of Nova Scotia / Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse
West Pubnico

June - Oct.

Located on a 17-acre panoramic site overlooking the Pubnico Harbour, the Acadian Village presents and interprets Nova Scotia's Acadian heritage. On site, experience the restoration and preservation of an Acadian Village, featuring houses, a fish shed and a blacksmith shop. The Village is located in Pubnico, the oldest Acadian region still inhabited by descendants of its founder, Baron Philippe Muis-d'Entremont. Learn an Acadian phrase from Bilingual guides. Tour the site, interpretive displays, and a Visitors Reception Centre.

Balmoral Grist Mill
Balmoral Mills

June - Oct.

In the 1880s, Alexander MacKay's water-powered grist mill was just one of five mills on Matheson's Brook grinding wheat, oats, barley, rye, and buckwheat into flour and meal. Today it is one of the few operating mills left in the province and offers visitors the opportunity to see flour being ground and to examine the mill's unique Scottish oat-drying kiln.

Barrington Woolen Mill
Barrington

June - Sept.

Begun by local citizens in 1882 and taken over by Robert Doane in 1894, this water-turbine-powered mill made yarn and cloth from local wool for nearly 80 years. In 1968 it's carding machines, spinning mule, loom, twister, and skeiner became part of the Nova Scotia Museum.

Cossit House
Sydney

June - Oct.

In 1787 the Reverend Ranna Cossit, the first Anglican minister assigned to Cape Breton, built what is believed to be the oldest surviving house in Sydney. Today his simple one-and-a-half-storey home with its gable roof has been restored to its late-18th-century appearance.

The Dory Shop Museum
Shelburne

June - Sept.

When the John Williams dory shop was established in 1880 dories were in great demand for use in the Banks fishery. This shop was a "dory factory": its five to seven workers were organized into an elementary production line and produced hundreds of dories each year.

Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia
Yarmouth

Year Round

You can see almost every kind of fire engine ever used in Nova Scotia in this Museum, from an 1819 Hopwood and Tilley hand-drawn hand pumper to an 1863 Amoskeag steam fire engine, to a 1933 motor-driven Chev pumper. Smaller items on display include photos of famous fires, rubber and leather water buckets, and antique toy fire engines.

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Lunenburg

Year Round (limited winter hours)

Visit us on Lunenburg's waterfront and experience Atlantic Canada's seafaring heritage! Explore fresh and saltwater aquariums filled with neat native fish, our large Bluenose exhibit, the Banks Fisheries Gallery, the Hall of Inshore Fisheries, the Dory Shop, our Whales & Whaling and August Gales exhibits, the Fishermen's Memorial Room, and lots of other exhibits about shipbuilding, rum-running, life in fishing communities & old marine engines. Experience daily demonstrations of fish filleting, lobster traps & traditional crafts.

Fundy Geological Museum
Parrsboro, NS

Year Round

Now reopened with all new exhibits. Come and explore Nova Scotia's ancient world near the Bay of Fundy, where the world's highest tides erode the towering sea cliffs to reveal evidence of 350 million-year-old fossils and local minerals, including amethyst and agate gem stones. Discover these Jurassic and Triassic landscapes where Canada's oldest dinosaurs once roamed and learn about the animals that lived in their shadows. Visit the Fundy Geological Museum to unearth this province's rich geological past!

Jeddore Oyster Ponds
June - Oct.

This modest house is a typical Nova Scotia inshore fisherman's house of the early 1900s. It has been furnished with the ordinary things of rural living in Nova Scotia fishing communities: a parlour pump organ, hooked mats, grandmother's favorite dishes, and a wood stove.

Haliburton House Museum
Windsor

June - Oct.

Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865) was a lawyer, judge, historian, and member of the Legislative Assembly and the British House of Commons, but he is best remembered as the creator of Sam Slick, the fictional Yankee clock peddler, whose witty sayings are still used. Haliburton's villa, set in a 16-hectare (40-acre) estate overlooking Windsor, was built in 1836. A series of walking trails now wind throughout this extensive estate with its tall trees and old apple orchard.

Highland Village/An Clachan Gaidhealach
Iona

May - Oct.

The Highland Village is a 43 acre living history museum and cultural centre that interprets, presents and celebrates Nova Scotia's Gaelic language and culture. Overlooking the world famous Bras d'Or Lakes, costumed staff in 10 period buildings take visitors on a journey through 140 years of cultural evolution in Scotland and Nova Scotia. In addition to the museum, the site also features Gaelic programming, special cultural events, Roots Cape Breton Genealogy & Family History Centre, a music research centre and outdoor amphitheatre.

Lawrence House Museum
Maitland, Hants County

June - Oct.

Lawrence House is representative of the homes of Nova Scotia's prosperous small-town shipbuilders, owners, and captains in the Golden Age of Sail. Built in about 1870, it overlooked William D. Lawrence's shipbuilding yard on Cobequid Bay.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Halifax

Year Round

Explore the riches of Nova Scotia's maritime heritage. The Maritime Museum is located on Halifax's historic waterfront. See big ships and small boats, models and figureheads, blocks, bells and ditty bags, sail needles, foghorns and much, much more to help show you why the sea gets in our blood.

McCulloch House Museum
Pictou

Call between June-Oct.for special events

Historic McCulloch House, built about 1806, was home to Reverend Dr. Thomas McCulloch, father of non-sectarian education in Nova Scotia and a leading naturalist. On display are some of McCulloch's furnishings, an original Audubon bird print, and samples from his scientific collection.

Museum of Industry
Stellarton

Year Round

Built on the site of the Foord Pit of the Albion Mines, this Museum chronicles the impact of industry on the people, economy and landscape of the Province. The Museum's exhibits tell the story of how changes in technology and the ways people worked affected their lives and their communities. See Canada's oldest surviving locomotives, Samson and Albion, an historic model railway layout, a belt-driven working machine shop, and a collection of Nova Scotia's unique Trenton glass.

Museum of Natural History
Halifax

Year Round

Discover the natural wonders of Nova Scotia's land and sea: ancient fossils, glittering gold, deadly mushrooms, frogs and snakes, whale skeletons, Canada's oldest dinosaurs.... From an eagle's nest to the ocean floor, there's something for everyone. Explore displays of stunning Mi'kmaq artifacts and an exciting archaeology gallery.

North Hills Museum
Granville Ferry

June - Oct.

Enter this simple 200-year-old farm house and be amazed at the elegant Georgian decor created by antiques collector Robert Patterson, who lived here among his fine collection of 18th-century paintings, furniture and furnishings. Imagine living a comfortable life surrounded by beautiful things, like the dresser filled with New Hall dishes from the1700's, rare Worcester and Spode china, and superb glass.

Old Meeting House
Barrington

June - Sept.

The Old Meeting House is the oldest nonconformist house of worship still standing in Canada. Framed in 1765 by the Cape Cod founders of Barrington, it was used by the local Council until 1838 and by various religious groups until 1934.

Perkins House Museum
Liverpool

June - Oct.

This house was built in 1766 for Simeon Perkins, merchant, judge and Member of the Assembly. Perkins also kept a remarkable diary in which he recorded events in his large family's life such as their vaccinations for smallpox, just at the period when this procedure was first being used.

Prescott House Museum
Starrs Point

June - Oct.

Built as the home of the Honorable Charles Prescott about 1814, this is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Nova Scotia. The house was restored by Mary Allison Prescott in the 1930's. She added a fine collection of oriental rugs, and a selection of early needlework samplers. The Museum also has an elegant garden and extensive grounds with some unusual trees.

Ross Farm Museum
New Ross

Year Round

Capture the flavour of country life in early Nova Scotia. Savor the delicious aromas of good food cooking over an open hearth or the fresh smell of wood shavings in the Cooper Shop. Walk alongside a team of oxen at work and touch cows, sheep, hens, pigs and more kittens than you can count.

Ross-Thomson House Museum
Shelburne

June - Oct.

Built about 1785, this double building served as house and store for George and Robert Ross (and later their clerk Robert Thomson and his family) during the Loyalist boom in Shelburne, when the community was twice the size of Halifax and larger than Montreal.

Shand House Museum
Windsor

June - Oct.

With its original indoor plumbing, electricity, and factory-made furniture, Shand House has lots to interest visitors. It's an excellent link with Nova Scotia's industrial and economic history. The house has wonderful woodwork throughout and a tall tower from which visitors can see the surrounding countryside for miles and miles.

Sherbrooke Village
Sherbrooke

June - Oct.

Discover the peace and tranquility of village life in old Nova Scotia, unruffled by the gold rush that brought Sherbrooke instant prosperity in the 1860s. Hear the splash of the water-powered sawmill, the squeak of a horse-drawn wagon passing by, the muffled thump of the weaver at her loom or smell newly-shaved wood in the woodturner's shop.

Sutherland Steam Mill
Denmark

June - Oct.

By the late 1800s steam was replacing water as the motive force for industry in Nova Scotia. Alexander Sutherland built his mill in 1894, near the railway rather than by water. The Sutherland operation supplied the local community with rough-sawn wood, dressed lumber, wagons, carriages, windows, doors and fancy trim for houses.

Uniacke Estate Museum Park
Mount Uniacke

June - Oct.(Trails Open Year Round)

Experience a grand country mansion and its parkland. Imagine you are visiting Richard John Uniacke, who built this wonderful estate nearly 200 years ago. There are 6 walking trails and a very special house to explore. Antique lovers will delight in the early Wedgwood china, fine George Adams furniture, colonial portraits and furnishings. Birdwatchers will love the Piliated Woodpeckers.

Wile Carding Mill
Bridgewater

June - Sept.

Dean Wile built his wool carding mill in 1860 and charged five cents a pound for picking and carding. He also made wool batts, which were used to stuff wool beds and quilts.



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