Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

#16 in Best Things To Do in Halifax
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1723 Hollis St.


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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


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  • 4.5Atmosphere

This provincial art gallery, housed in an Italianate building downtown, has a permanent collection of more than 17,000 works. It emphasizes the creations of Canadian visual artists as well as those who work on the Atlantic Coast. The collection and its exhibits feature everything from sculpture to painting to handicrafts to prints. Next door in the Provincial Building (an annex of the gallery), you’ll find the actual home of the late painter Maud Lewis, a wildly popular and beloved Canadian folk artist. The small home, which is adorned with whimsical and colorful paintings created by Maud and her husband, has been lovingly preserved by the museum since 1984. Many reviewers said Lewis' home was a highlight of their visit.

Admission for adults is CA$12 (about $8.50) and CA$5 (around $3.50) for children ages 6 to 17. A guided tour of the collection is given Tuesday through Sunday at 2 p.m., with an extra one on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tours are included in the admission price. Operating hours vary, be sure to check the museum's website before your trip.

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#1 Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Towering over downtown Halifax, the Citadel is a testament to the city's military past. Four forts have occupied this hilltop since 1749, when Edward Cornwallis, a career British military officer, governed the region; the fort that stands today dates back to 1856. Visitors can wander the Citadel's corridors and learn about Halifax's involvement in major wars, such as the American Revolution, the American Civil War and both World Wars. The on-site Army Museum offers a closer look at the fortress's history. And to truly feel what it was like to be on the hill back in its heyday, make sure to come at lunchtime, when reenactors of the Royal Artillery fire the traditional noon gun.

You can also interact with members of the 78th Highland Regiment. From May through October, these kilted reenactors offer free guided tours of the fort and provide insight on what it was like to be a soldier there. You can even learn to shoot a 19th-century rifle from one of these reenactors (for an extra fee and age restrictions apply).  

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