History is like Frankenstein's monster; all it takes to make it come alive is the right education, a large body of artifacts exhumed from the sea, and an electrical storm. Learn from the past with today's Groupon for admission to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, located on Lower Water Street. Choose from two options:
- For $2, you get a single admission (up to a $4.75 value).
- For $5, you get a family admission good for two adults and two children under 17 (an $11 value).
Since its beginnings more than six decades ago, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has conserved artifacts and narratives from Canada's naval heritage. Traverse the heroic history of the CSS Acadia through both world wars, recline in a replica Titanic deck chair, and examine shipwreck records rescued from the hi-fi stereo systems of 5,000 doomed vessels. Weekly talks enliven the historical journey, along with special events including listening of sea music, ghost stories, family fun programs and submarine-sandwich construction workshops. Admission for children ages 5 and younger is always free.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is Very Highly Recommended by Frommer's. Fodor's and ViaMichelin both featured it. Yelpers give the museum a 4.5-star average, while TripAdvisors bestow an average of four owl eyes.
- All visitors to Nova Scotia owe themselves a stop at this standout museum on a prime waterfront location. The exhibits are involving and well executed, and you'll be astounded at how fast 2 hours can fly by. – Frommer's
- You not only get to read and learn about the maritime history of Nova Scotia but can actually feel, hear and experience it. An absolutely wonderful place – brian s., Yelp
Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Though the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has been open to the public for more than six decades, within its walls, time stands still. Here, steamships still travel up rivers, the Battle of the Atlantic wages on, and Nova Scotia is still rallying to aid in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster. Through permanent and rotating exhibits, the museum—which is the largest of its kind in Canada—lets visitors relive these and other key moments in maritime history.
Located on Halifax's historic waterfront, the museum's collections house more than 24,000 artifacts of Canada's naval and maritime heritage. The permanent exhibition Halifax Wrecked intimately connects visitors with the events and aftermath of that historic disaster, considered to the the largest man-made explosion before the atomic bomb. A thorough Titanic exhibit lets viewers experience what life was like on the doomed ship, including a replica deck chair to sit in and an authentic one to admire. Visitors can also enjoy the museum's largest artifact, CSS Acadia, a 101 year-old ship on the water (check for availability). Beyond receiving free admission for children 5 and younger, kids and parents will find plenty to enjoy, as well, including the massive tentacles of a full-size kraken and Merlin, the friendly rainbow macaw and museum mascot. At the William Robertson & Son store, guests can soak up the waterfront atmosphere or try their hand at making their own knot craft.