456 Windmill Rd.
Dartmouth, NS B3A 1J7
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Arts & Museums
Bedford Institute of Oceanography is the largest ocean research centre in Canada, and worthy of a visit. Bring the kids along to this institute, where everyone will enjoy the opportunity to get up close and touch all manner of marine life from lobsters to sea cucumbers. Take a free tour Monday through Friday, from 9:00a to 4:00p (by appointment only), and see what the ocean sciences are all about. Perhaps one or more of the five huge research vessels will be at anchor when you visit. The Web site has excellent directions to the Institute. Call ahead for more details.
The Maritime Command Museum located in Halifax, Nova Scotia is also known as the Naval Museum of Halifax or the Admiralty House. This Canadian forces museum showcases artifacts relating to the Royal Canadian Navy in the form of uniforms, medals and badges, model ships and blueprints, weapons and other exhibits, spread over 30 rooms of the museum as well as the museum grounds. The museum building is a designated National Historic Site of Canada.
The Dartmouth Heritage Museum began simply as an initiative of some locals to try and preserve and promote the rich heritage and history of the Dartmouth region. This initiative soon sparked off a series of events that finally culminated into the founding of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. This museum ,which sits on the street overlooking the beautiful Dartmouth waterfront, is a storehouse of rare and astounding photographs, documents, art and artifacts that give us a profound insight into this serene and picturesque Nova Scotia community. Do plan a visit to this museum and discover new things about Dartmouth. Timings vary; please see the website for further information.
Eye Level Gallery dates back to 1972, when it began as the Inventions Gallery, and is one of the celebrated places of contemporary art. The gallery is so named owing to its unparalleled focus on visual art, and its exhibits concerning the same. The 'Eyelevel Reshelving Initiative' is a biennial exhibition at the gallery, which is very prominent. Along with exhibitions, workshops and art discussions, Eye Level Gallery also hosts various cultural activities like music and dance. An in-house bookstore at the gallery stocks works on contemporary art, magazines, catalogs and so on. Visit website for upcoming exhibitions.
With something for everyone, Argyle Fine Art gallery is one of Halifax's most vibrant galleries. From paintings, drawings, photography and limited edition prints to fiber and sculpture, the gallery features works by well known Canadian artists as well as the emerging ones. They have a one of a kind selection of Canadian contemporary art which is unique to the culture and way of life there. The warm and cheerful atmosphere makes possible, a comfortable appreciation of the works on display. Call ahead for more details.
The Page and Strange Gallery was set up by Victoria Page and Victoria Strange. To visit here, you don't need to be an artist, but you certainly do need to be able to appreciate art and creativity. Page and Strange Gallery has helped promote upcoming artists who have a style of their own. Their exhibitions are famous and the gallery exhibits contemporary art paintings of artists like David Askevold, Doug Bamford, Jack Bishop and others.
You might need a full day to explore Halifax Citadel, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Canada. A visit to the Army Museum includes watching 'The Tides of History', and experiencing the day-to-day life of a soldier or his wife in the mid-Victorian era. Walk through the barracks, take a seat in an old classroom or have a look at the communications exhibit. Guided tours are offered and there are often special events during the summer months. Concerts are sometimes played at the garrison grounds here.
Secord Gallery was set up for the promotion and spread of the works of Canadian artists. The gallery has been conducting exhibitions, artist presentations, performances, screenings and special projects for the last several decades. Since its founding, the gallery has conducted a series of exhibitions of works in oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings, as well as works on paper, including original prints and photographs. The gallery showcases works of prominent and famous artists like Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith, Susan Coolen and Horst Deppe among others. The hours of operation of the gallery are seasonal, so do call ahead.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, located at Hollis Street, acts as a gateway for the visual arts in Atlantic Canada by bringing the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of Nova Scotia to the world. In its effort to promote lifelong learning, the Gallery also provides in-school programs, hands-on workshops and other opportunities for families, children, teens and teachers, as well as, tours, films and lectures. Guided tours are given daily. While here, enjoy the many services and programs the gallery has to offer. Admission prices for members have been mentioned.
Within walking distance of downtown, this Museum is a must see. Beautiful exhibits show life as it was for Nova Scotia natives. Examine the exquisite bead and quillwork on ancient clothing or check out the displays of local animals and insects. There is a see-through beehive that allows you to watch the critters go about their business. Kids especially love to pet Gus the turtle, find the hiding places of tiny mice and voles and watch butterflies in the summer months.
Discovery Centre is the must-go place for the child (and the adult) who loves science and technology. At this center, you can get inside a bubble, send your voice into space or learn if you have what it takes to be an astronaut! Subject yourself to optical illusions in the Ames Room and find out just how funny you look in the mirrors in the foyer. The Discovery Centre Shop has books about dinosaurs, model building kits, microscopes and a myriad of other educational toys for the budding scientist.
At the Maritime Museum of Atlantic, you can explore the hydro-graphic research vessel, CSS Acadia, which is berthed at this museum's wharf. At other times, content yourself with wandering through the William Robertson & Son Ship Chandlery. For those interested in the Titanic, you might be aware of the fact that the recovered bodies of the tragedy were brought to the city's morgue and then interred here in 1912. Watch a film depicting the tragedy that was the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Check out more than 40 small watercraft and thousands of artifacts. Souvenirs can be purchased in the Museum Shop. The Museum is also rented out for different events. Call ahead for more information.