Museums & Nearby Attractions


Unique Museums

Dartmouth is located in the middle of some unique heritage, historical and cultural museums. Thirteen of them in fact! On the Halifax side of the harbour, the larger museums include the Maritime Museum of the AtlanticMuseum of Natural History and The Citadel

On the Dartmouth side of the harbour, choose from 10 unique heritage and cultural museums.
Cole Harbour Heritage Farm

Downtown Dartmouth

Quaker House:

Learn how the War for Independence led to the establishment of Dartmouth’s whaling industry in 1785.

Evergreen House:

Evergreen House was home to nationally acclaimed Nova Scotian folklorist, Dr. Helen Creighton - “Canada’s First Lady of Folklore”


Shearwater Aviation Museum:

A dozen aircraft exhibits and 20,000 artifacts from across Canada help make a special contribution to preserving the Royal Canadian Navy's aviation history.

Cole Harbour

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm & Museum:

A community museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting Cole Harbour's agricultural past.

Cherry Brook

Black Cultural Centre, African Nova Scotian Museum:

Discover and explore this cultural museum dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the history and culture of African Nova Scotians. 

Eastern Shore

Acadian House Museum:

Learn about the coastal French village that once thrived in the West Chezzetcook and Grand Desert area.

Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum:

The lifeblood of commerce along the Eastern Shore for decades, today the Railway Museum is an excellent example of twentieth-century railway station design.

Fisherman’s Life Museum:

Fisherman’s Life Museum honors the self-sufficiency of Eastern Shore settlers by portraying the rural life of an inshore fisherman and his family during the early 1900s.

Memory Lane, 1940s Heritage Village:

An award-winning living history museum depicting coastal rural life in Nova Scotia during the 1940s, including life during and after the Second World War.

MacPhee House Community Museum:

The MacPhee House Community Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts and is situated in a historic house on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. 

What's Nearby

Dartmouth is just a short drive (or ferry ride!) to unique attractions located in many beautiful and friendly communities. For accommodations in any of these communities, please visit Tourism Nova Scotia.

Click on each link below for more information.


Shearwater/Eastern Passage

Cole Harbour

Cherry Brook

Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore Beaches

Black Cultural Museum, Cherry Brook