Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 2003


The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest Maritime Museum in Canada. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998, the Museum has developed a unique history of its own. The museum maintains a marine history collection dealing with such subjects as the navy, the days of sail, shipwrecks, lifesaving, the age of steam, the Halifax explosion, and the RMS Titanic.


One of the artifacts in the museum, this clock was found after the Halifax explosion of 1914. The clock was stopped at the time of the explosion.


The collection includes everything from sextants, binnacles and figureheads to small craft, anchors, artifacts, images, charts and plans relating to the marine history of Nova Scotia. The Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian merchant marine, Nova Scotia small craft and local shipwrecks are particular strengths of the collection much of which represents the period 1850 to the present.


The idea of this maritime museum can be credited to a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisaged a maritime museum where relics of Canada's naval past could be preserved.


A picture of the ballroom staircase in the Titanic.
Visitors are introduced to the age of steamships, cc//local small craft, the Royal Canadian and Merchant Navies, World War II convoys and The Battle of the Atlantic, the Halifax cc//Explosion of 1917, and Nova Scotia's role in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.


We are about to view a 3-D film about the Titanic.


Outside the museum.


Aboard the CSS Acadia, the Museum's largest artifact, was one of the first hydrographic research vessels to chart Canada's Arctic and East coast waters. She is berthed at eh Museum's wharf.