Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax

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Visit Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for a fun, history-packed day perfect for the whole family. Examine artifacts salvaged from shipwrecks lying at the bottom of the ocean, and learn about the devastating explosion that ripped through the city’s shipyard in 1917. You’ll also have the rare and exciting opportunity to inspect artifacts from the infamous Titanic, the survivors, bodies, and wreckage of which were brought to this port. Though jammed with information and lore, the museum is not especially large, freeing you up for more sightseeing around the city. Put Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at the forefront of your travel plans using our Halifax tour planner .
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  • The Museum collects everything that have to do with the sea. Nice collection of old sailing boats with a nice smell of wood. On the first floor there is a small section on the Titanic.
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  • The thing that i remember is that there is some titanic left over and there is a video room wherw you can watch the tragedy if i am not mistaken. Basically of you're a museum lover then go for it, if ...  more »
  • We had friends visiting from Ontario and thought this would be a great spot to take them to learn about the Maritime history of Halifax and beyond. We were really thrilled with the number of displays ...  more »
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  • I am no ship buff but on a rainy day, this seemed like a place to visit. This museum offers a fantastic display of model ships of every possible kinds, big and small, including tons of ships relics in lightly dimmed displays (for preservation), stories on sunken ships and their lost crew, the latest information on the Franklin expedition, and lots of small sized boats on display. I agree that the Titanic exhibit, although interesting enough, is not it's main attraction, but judging it by the lack of relics is a tall order considering they come at a market premium, and are quite unnecessary to the story. And what the museum may lack in Titanic relics, it more than makes up for it with the Halifax explosion relics and moving stories of survival. Well worth the visit as long as your kids are above 12 years of age and can appreciate it.
  • One of the museums my mom waned to see in our visit of Maritime Canada was this one. To see the Titanic exhibit. Which turned out to be somewhat tiny and disappointing. The rest of the museum was interesting - the exhibit on the Halifax explosion was very interesting but felt very small for the size of the building. I think it was because of the full size boats taking up a lot of the space. Either way it only took us a hour, I believe, which was good because we had a hard time finding it to start with so we didn't have much time left.
  • I appreciated this place so much! I'm very interested in history and this place definitely fed my appetite! There's so much to learn. To add, the museum is attached to a board walk where actual floating ships can be viewed and where soldiers in the past took their final steps onto the ships, not knowing whether they'll be coming back or not. I enjoyed the Titanic Exhibit as well. There's lots to see in here and it doesn't disappoint the naval and maritime junkie.
  • A MUST SEE in the city of Halifax. To miss this is to miss a great opportunity to learn about Halifax, the port and how it affected all of Canada. The Titanic display is sombre and yet inspiring to read about as you walk through the displays. I guarantee you will also learn more about the great Halifax explosion than in every history lesson you ever took. The stories are incredible.
  • I was able to visit this museum during a port visit while in the US Navy. I first learned of the Halifax Explosion from this trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of this small museum and its treasure trove of history.

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Accommodations are scattered evenly throughout Halifax, with decent options available across town. Downtown offers the best transport connections and access to major attractions, with several options lining the central thoroughfare, Sackville Street. Here, you'll also enjoy views over the water and convenient proximity to some of the city's most pleasant parks. Look around the neighborhood of South End to enjoy the bohemian vibe surrounding Saint Mary's University, or go west to find a quiet spot near Long Lake Provincial Park.
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