Here’s some of the latest events from across the Nova Scotia Museums.
Museum of Natural HistoryHalifax, Nova Scotia
Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television
Featuring more than 40 costumes and objects from science
fiction films and TV programs, this exciting exhibition shows visitors
how costume design uses colour, style, scale, materials, historical
traditions, nature and cultural cues to help actors and audiences engage
with the characters being portrayed.
Until August 26
Maritime Museum of the AtlanticHalifax, Nova Scotia
Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the WorldThis original exhibit, researched and developed by museum staff, explores the history of cable ships in Nova Scotia and highlights the significant roles of the Halifax-based ships Mackay-Bennett and Minia as part of the recovery operations following the sinking of RMS Titanic.
Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World also examines how cable ships contributed to the establishment of global communications; literally laying the foundation for trans-Atlantic wireless communication.
Ireland and Empire: In the footsteps of Columbus
Join Doctor Nini Rodgers of Queen’s University Belfast for a
fascinating presentation about the history of Ireland’s efforts to draw
advantages from the discovery and expansion in the new world.
Thursday, June 7, at 7 pm
World Oceans Day
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of World Oceans Day. In
Halifax, this annual event has grown to become one of the largest and
longest-running Oceans Day celebrations on the East Coast of North
America. This year’s activities on the waterfront will feature lots of
fun exhibits and interactive demonstrations about our oceans and marine
Friday, June 8, 10 am – 3pm
Halifax’s Oceans Day event is jointly organized by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture, Waterfront Development and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Taking place the second Sunday of every month, the museum
offers fun activities designed to entertain and educate families about
maritime heritage. Please note that some activities have limited space.
Registration takes place at 1 pm and activities begin at 1:30 pm. (Cost:
Included with admission)
Sunday, June 10
Uniacke Estate Museum ParkMount Uniacke, Nova Scotia
Built in 1816 by prosperous Irish politician, Richard John Uniacke, this beautiful country mansion is easily one of the grandest homes in Nova Scotia. Inside, find the Uniackes’ treasured possessions like fine furniture and exquisite portraits. Outside, explore walking trails that feature unspoiled Nova Scotia woodland. Walks range from easy to challenging and trails offer plenty of recreational opportunities for people of all ages.
Ross Farm MuseumNew Ross, Nova Scotia
Annual Pumpkin Planting
Start your summer at Ross Farm’s annual pumpkin planting
days! Plant a seed this weekend and return in the fall to harvest your
very own pumpkin.
Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3
Enjoy cake, tea and free admission for Dad at the farm.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Described as “threads lovingly shaped around air to create
beautiful lace”, tatting was considered very fashionable for the upper
classes during the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit Ross Farm this weekend
and chat with our staff as they demonstrate the beautiful art of both
needle and shuttle tatting.
Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24
Fisheries Museum of the AtlanticLunenburg, Nova Scotia
Open House and Ship Model Showcase
During the museum’s Annual Open House and Ship Model
Showcase, members of the South Shore Ship Modellers Guild will display
their latest projects and share their enthusiasm for the craft of ship
Sunday, June 10, 9:30 am – 5:50 pm
Wile Carding Mill MuseumBridgewater, Nova Scotia
Celebrate the history and culture of this historic carding mill during an Open House. (Free)
Saturday, June 9
Junkyard Boat Building
This Father’s Day, build your own model boat and take it sailing on the pond. (Free)
Sunday, June 17
Perkins House MuseumLiverpool, Nova Scotia
Every day for over 40 years, Simeon Perkins recorded details in his diary about life, family and business in Liverpool. Today, these entries provide a personal perspective of life in Nova Scotia from 1766 to 1812.
During your visit, enjoy a different kind of storytelling thanks to the museum’s interpretive audio visual projections. Pick a tale from one of the memory boxes located throughout the house and be amazed as members of the Perkins household materialize before your eyes to tell you about life in a thriving Colonial town.
Ross-Thomson House & MuseumShelburne, Nova Scotia
Travel back in time to discover 1780s Nova Scotia and the recently settled town of Shelburne. It is in this historic store that seasoned merchants George and Robert Ross carried on international trade in tea, coffee, rum, port and wine; offering both necessities and luxuries to the town’s residents.
Stroll the property’s gardens; step up to the store counter and ask the clerk about the kinds of goods the Ross Brothers once bartered and sold; spend some time inside the living quarters, furnished in the sparse, but elegant style of the period.
Dory Shop MuseumShelburne, Nova Scotia
Visit this harbour-side factory to discover the historic Shelburne Dory and the world of the Grand Banks fishery as it existed from 1880 to 1971. Easy to build and able to withstand the rugged ocean waves, dories were the backbone of the fishing industry, both in Nova Scotia and around the world.
One of Shelburne’s great claims to fame was the town’s rich dory-building traditions; a skill which still survives today thanks to the Dory Shop Museum. Learn how the town’s dory-makers rivaled their Lunenburg competitors and witness the art of crafting these vessels first-hand.
Barrington Woolen MillBarrington, Nova Scotia
In the 1800s, the Barrington Woolen Mill was a local business that used machinery and water power to turn raw fleece into the yarn and cloth needed to make warm and durable clothing. Powered by the mill’s rushing river, machines like the spinner, twister, skeiner and loom made it possible to wash, pick, card, spin, dye and weave wool in a fraction of the time it took to do by hand. Today, visitors can step inside the preserved mill to hear stories about the mill workers’ day to day lives and see demonstrations of handspinning, dyeing, and weaving of wool.
Old Meeting House MuseumBarrington, Nova Scotia
For two centuries, people have gathered at the Old Meeting House. A National Historic Site, this New England-style meeting house is the oldest nonconformist house of worship in Canada and among the oldest in North America. Built by Congregationalist fishermen and farmers from Cape Cod, called Planters, the meeting house was a building-in-progress for its first hundred years until the windows, doors, box pews and a pulpit were added by the mid-1800s.
Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-ÉcosseWest Pubnico, Nova Scotia
Spend a spring afternoon enjoying mouth-watering rhubarb dishes and live entertainment.
Thursday, June 7, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Firefighters’ MuseumYarmouth, Nova Scotia
Bring your father to the museum on Father’s Day and you’ll both get free admission!
Sunday, June 17, 9 am – 5 pm
Family Fun Day
Join us for our Annual Family Fun Day! There will be games, prizes, face painting and refreshments. (Free)
Saturday, June 30, 1 pm – 4 pm
North Hills MuseumGranville Ferry, Nova Scotia
The exterior of this small farmhouse looks like a typical country home, but inside it boasts a collection of fine art and furnishings that create an air of Georgian elegance. In 1964, Robert Patterson bought this house and made it a showplace for his impressive collection of antiques. Be charmed by the history and culture found in this unique home, nestled in the heart of one of North America’s most historic regions.
Prescott House MuseumStarrs Point, Nova Scotia
Tea at Three
In support of VON Annapolis Valley’s community work, put on
your best hat and enjoy a traditional garden party. Tickets can be
purchased by calling 678-3415. (Cost: $45)
Saturday, June 16, at 3 pm
Haliburton House MuseumWindsor, Nova Scotia
Get a deal while supporting the local food bank during the Haliburton House plant sale.
Saturday, June 16, 10 am – noon
Shand House MuseumWindsor, Nova Scotia
BOGO Museum Day
Enjoy a visit to this beautiful home; free with paid admission to Haliburton House.
Sunday, June 10, 1 pm – 5 pm
Lawrence House Museum
Maitland, Nova Scotia
In 1874, William D. Lawrence secured his place in marine
history by constructing the largest wooden-hulled, fully-rigged ship
ever built in Canada. Come explore his bright Victorian home and its 23
rooms, featuring photographs, exhibits and the Lawrence family’s
heirlooms. Discover the era of shipbuilding, as well as tales of the
Golden Age of Sail in Maitland, Nova Scotia’s first designated Heritage
Fundy Geological MuseumParrsboro, Nova Scotia
Discover the area’s rich geological past and natural heritage
on these guided walks. Tours depart from the museum and last 3 – 5
hours. Start times vary due to the tides. Free with museum admission or
with membership to the Cumberland Geological Society. Visit the
museum’s website for requirements.
Fridays and Saturdays
Balmoral Grist MillBalmoral Mills, Nova Scotia
Due to construction, please call the mill (902-657-3016) or consult the website prior to visiting to confirm that the museum is open.
Discover Balmoral Grist Mill Museum, a three-storey mill tucked away in a wooded gorge on Matheson’s Brook. See the mill in action, just as it would have been when Alexander McKay opened it in 1874. Hear the whir of wooden gears as shafts and pulleys turn the original Scottish granite millstones. Watch as grains are ground, sifted and turned into flour. Sample the flavour of oats toasted on the cast iron floor of the kiln. Treat yourself to the experience of a waterside grist mill from Nova Scotia’s past.
Sutherland Steam MillDenmark, Nova Scotia
Celebrate the end of the school year at the mill. Build a
gingerbread house; go on a scavenger hunt; play quoits or croquet; and
Friday, June 29, 1 pm – 3 pm
Museum of IndustryStellarton, Nova Scotia
industry.museum.gov.ns.ca - visit our new website!
Give it a Toss
Join us for toss and throw games on the museum lawn. Kids
and adults can play horseshoes, washers, lawn darts, and quoits – the
coal miner’s game of strength and accuracy.
Saturday, June 16, 1 pm
McCulloch House MuseumPictou, Nova Scotia
Beginning in 1773, hundreds of ships carrying thousands of Scottish immigrants began arriving at Pictou Harbour. One man, Dr. Thomas McCulloch, came ashore in 1803 and soon found himself leading a monumental change in the lives of 19th-century Nova Scotians.
Come visit this 200-year-old brick home where McCulloch and his wife, Isabella, raised their family. Explore the interactive exhibit that details how one man’s passion launched a journey to create public education in the province.
Highland Village MuseumIona, Nova Scotia
highlandvillage.museum.gov.ns.ca - visit our new website!
Chun A’ Rubha (A Gaelic Tour)
Come for Chun A’ Rubha, a Gaelic tour and caidreabh tì with
Jim Watson, Carmen MacArthur, Mary Jane Lamond and native Gaelic
speakers. Seumas Watson will lead a tour of the village, which will be
followed by a gathering for tea, stories and songs. This is an immersion
event hosted entirely in Gaelic. Space is limited and pre-registration
Saturday, June 2, 1 pm – 4 pm
Cash's Carding Mill Day
Join us for a special day celebrating wool and Cash’s Carding
Mill. At 11 am, Sarah Nettleton will give a lecture and sheep shearing
demonstration. Charlie Cash, who donated the village’s carding
equipment, will speak about his family’s operation in Irish Cove.
Saturday, June 9
Cossit House MuseumSydney, Nova Scotia
Visit this historic home to discover how a controversial Loyalist Anglican minister and his wife started a new life in the capital of a growing British colony.
Get to know Rev. Ranna Cossit and his wife, Thankful, who raised their family of ten children in this modest New England-style house. Chat with costumed guides and take part in daily activities of the 1700s, like stitching a sampler or churning butter. Come explore one of the oldest homes in Sydney.
Sherbrooke VillageSherbrooke, Nova Scotia
Road to Stanfest Songwriters' Camp
Come to the shores of the beautiful St. Mary’s River to
inspire your imagination and your songwriting skills. As part of the
camp, studentx will have the chance to compete for a special performance
spot at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. To register, call 1-888-743-7845
or visit Music Camps on our website.
Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28
Courthouse Concert Series
Each summer, the village hosts its annual concert series in
the historic Sherbrooke Courthouse. This year’s musical lineup will
include Country, Folk and Celtic music. For a complete concert schedule,
visit the Sherbrooke Village website. (Cost: $8 at the door)
Thursday, June 28, at 7:30 pm
Fisherman’s Life Museum