Starting with a lecture of the history of Nova Scotia and Halifax in under 30 minutes, the comical guide of our museum introduction was able to bring to light the longstanding relation between the people, culture, and the sea in this region to life. Small children love the Theodore Tugboat exhibit and seeing their T.V. tug come to life in the Halifax Harbour, the inspiration of the original books. Older kids are drawn to the artifacts that washed up from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and stories of survival and rebuilding from the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Canada's Naval history is a major theme, highlighted throughout the museum with exhibits on The War of 1812, World War I, The Halifax Explosion, and World War II. Despite the reputation as peacekeepers, Canada has had a busy and celebrated Naval Force since Halifax was first fortified in 1749. You will be surprised by all of the war naval activity that has taken place in this harbour, some of which has only been discovered in the last 10-15 years.
To get the most out of this museum, start at the top and work your way down. This is a very busy spot right on the waterfront, so be sure to give yourself time to absorb it all. There is a great boat-shaped playground out back for those visiting with little ones, and of course lots of opportunity for ice cream and other treats along the waterfront, accessible just a few steps behind the museum.