Wile Carding Mill Museum in Bridgewater

Nova Scotia Museums Open for the Season

This summer, the Nova Scotia Museum's 27 sites will once again offer entertaining and educational experiences across the province.

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax is hosting CSS Acadia: 100 Years, until July 1. The special exhibit examines the ship's construction, shares insights of the crews, explores the vessel's northern and Atlantic Canadian journeys, and celebrates its service to the public as a museum ship.

The Museum of Natural History in Halifax is hosting the world premiere of Roberto Dutesco: The Wild Horses of Sable Island until October 13. The exhibit of iconic photography spans 20 years of life for the wild horses from Sable Island.

To commemorate the 100th and 75th anniversaries of the start of the First World War and Second World War, the Museum of Industry in Stellarton will present Courage and Commitment: Pictou County in the World Wars, from July to September. Focused on the contributions of Pictou County to the war effort, both at home and overseas, the exhibit will feature artifacts with a Pictou County connection borrowed from the collections of several museums.

At Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, Lunenburg Co., visitors can explore 60 acres of rolling farmland to discover what life was like 100 years ago. From historic Rose Bank Cottage, where the Ross family lived, to daily activities such as wool spinning, candle making and ox shoeing, the museum gives visitors the chance to experience yesterday's traditional farming methods, while learning sustainable ways of living for today.

Visitors eager to experience Nova Scotia's Gaelic culture, heritage and hospitality need look no further than the Highland Village Museum. Located in scenic Iona, Victoria Co., the village is North America's only history museum for Gaelic language and culture. The 43-acre site features historic buildings, rare farm animals, lively interpreters and a breathtaking view of the Bras d'Or lake, now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

At Wile Carding Mill in Bridgewater, visitors can step back to 1860 and experience Nova Scotian industrial heritage in a water-powered mill. Visitors can see the machinery that revolutionized how local farm families prepared their wool for bedding and spinning, or participate in one of the mill's summer workshops.

Learn about Acadian heritage at Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse in Lower West Pubnico, Yarmouth Co. Situated on a 17-acre site overlooking Pubnico Harbour, this seaside village celebrates a language and culture that has thrived for more than 350 years. Visitors can explore historic buildings, savour delicious cuisine and enjoy traditional Acadian hospitality.

Located in the picturesque Annapolis Valley, Prescott House Museum is an elegant Georgian home that once belonged to horticulturalist Charles Prescott. A national and provincial historic site, the beautiful grounds and garden provide a spot for afternoon picnics.

Visit the Nova Scotia Museum website for information on all of the 27 museums sites and scheduled events.

This summer, the Nova Scotia Museum's 27 sites will once again offer entertaining and educational experiences across the province.