Museum Day

Museum Day

Museum Day will take place on Thursday July 14th, on museum day the participating museums will have free admission during their operating hours.

9am - 5pm Firefighters’ Museum: Visit the Firefighters’ Museum in Yarmouth to discover the history of firefighting in this province. Imagine the clang of the fire bell, the smell of smoke and the feel of hot steam as firefighters of the past raced to save burning homes in communities across Nova Scotia. See the types of fire engines used from the 1800s to the 1930s. Marvel at antique hand-drawn and operated engines such as Canada’s oldest horse-drawn steam engine, an 1863 Amoskeag Steamer. Take the wheel of a 1933 Chev Bickle pumper and see collections of antique toy fire engines, shoulder crests, patches and badges from fire departments around the world.
9am - 5pm Wedgeport Sport Tuna Fishing Museum: A museum and interpretive center, featuring mementos and pictures from the 1930s to the 1970s of the Sport Tuna Fishing Capital of the World. Fishing exhibits, Acadian history, Wedgeport general history & videos, and a nature trail.
9am - 5pm Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: The largest art museum in Atlantic Canada housing the province's art collection. Engaging people with art through innovative exhibitions & programming. Since 1908, the Gallery has been a gateway for the visual arts in Atlantic Canada by engaging people with art. It is committed to this mission as an agency of the Province of Nova Scotia and one of the premier arts institutions in Canada. The Gallery is also responsible for acquiring, preserving and exhibiting works of art, and for providing education in the visual arts. The Gallery’s Permanent Collection currently holds over 17,000 works.
9am - 5pm Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre de recherche: Let yourself be enriched by our Acadian history. Go back in time to 1653 at the Musee des Acadiens des Pubnicos, located in the oldest Acadian colony still inhabited by the descendants of the founders. Let yourself be captivated by this atmosphere of another era thanks to original reproductions, hundreds of artifacts, as well as a traditional vegetable garden testifying to the adaptability and pride of Acadians. Also explore your family's history in Les Archives Pere Clarence d'Entremont Research Centre, which contains original publications, books and genealogy . A unique collection that contributes to the collective memory. Visit our gift shop featuring the products of our local artisans and especially the hand quilted quilts. All the products on sale are produced by our local craftspeople. 9am - 5pm Yarmouth County Museum and Archives: The Yarmouth County Museum is a distinguished community museum incorporated in 1958 in Yarmouth, The museum moved in 1969 to its present location in a magnificent 12,360 square foot granite-walled church. The architecture combines with the superb collections to create a warm intimacy, captivating visitors as they cross the museum's threshold. The Yarmouth County Museum is well-known internationally for its collection of ship portraits, which is the third-largest in Canada. Its costume collection is the third-largest in Nova Scotia, and its archives are the largest non-institutional archives in Nova Scotia. 9am - 5pm Le Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse: In this early 1900s Acadian village — situated on a beautiful 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour — you can experience a language, culture, and way of life that has thrived along this shore for more than 350 years. Be welcomed into local homes, experience the traditional ways of farming and fishing, and savour home-cooked Acadian cuisine in the café. Discover the industrious and joyful spirit that has kept Acadian culture alive through deportation and hardship. Experience all of this and more! 9am - 6pm Cape Forchu Yarmouth Lighthouse Museum: The upstairs of the historic lightkeeper’s residence building, built-in 1912, has been converted into a small but very informative museum. Artifacts related to Cape Forchu and Yarmouth Harbour are on loan from the Yarmouth County Museum, along with interesting photographs and descriptive stories. As you browse through the relics, imagine yourself living as a lightkeeper or sea captain in a bygone era... Regretfully, due to the nature of the historic building, the museum is up a full flight of stairs and is not handicapped accessible.
9am - 6pm Rendez-vous de la Baie visitor center: This Acadian Cultural and Interpretive Centre, located on the campus of Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, is a vibrant hub of activity where residents, students and visitors meet. Situated under a bright red roof, the Centre houses an artist-run gallery "Le Trécarré", a visitor information centre, souvenir boutique, a 263-seat performance theatre, an outdoor performance area, and an internet café. The Acadian Interpretive Centre & Museum showcases interpretive panels and multimedia exhibits introducing visitors to the culture of Acadians in Clare through their history, language, music and more. The center is a trailhead for a 5-km network of walking trails that lead to the coast; an orientation map, interpretive panels and an observation tower have been added. 9am- 5pm W.L Sweeney Fisheries Museum. Located in the historic New Burrell-Johnson Iron Company foundry building on the Yarmouth waterfront. Step across the threshold and back in time at the W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum. Explore the Sweeney marine heritage through unique exhibits: a simulation of a traditional fishing wharf, complete with fishing, processing and ship repair sheds, wharf decks and even a coastal freighter. 9am- 5pm Harbourfront museum: The Harbourfront Museum, and Yarmouth Peddler’s Shop , are located in the Killam Brothers building which happens to be only a short walk from the International Ferry Terminal. The building in which the museum resides in is an old shipping office from the early 1800s. There is still a section regarding the Killam Brothers and has a remake of what the original shipping office would have looked like. The building also houses the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Interpretive Centre.    

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