The Maritime Museum will open Cunard 175: Engine for Change, a temporary exhibit, on Friday, July 10.
This exhibit commemorates the 175th anniversary of the arrival of Cunard’s first flagship Britannia and coincides with the arrival of Queen Mary 2 in the Port of Halifax, after making the same transatlantic voyage from Liverpool, England to Halifax.
Sir Samuel Cunard’s vision and achievement in revolutionizing maritime travel and global communications to create an “ocean railway” with comfortable, technologically advanced ships making oceanic passages is continued by today’s Cunard Cruise Line.
The museum will provide visitors with glimpses of Cunard’s early years, sharing his vision and achievements in commerce, pursuits in shipping innovation and ventures in global communications. Museum visitors can discover how Cunard helped drive deep changes in communications over the last two centuries, creating the modern, interconnected world we live in today.
Hands-on experiences will bring alive the history of commercial activity on the Halifax waterfront to the workings aboard ship and technological evolution, from steam to engine.
“We are proud to commemorate the achievements of Sir Samuel Cunard, a Haligonian, who was a real early innovator of embracing opportunities and change, a true inspiration that all Nova Scotians and Canadians should be proud of,” said Kim Reinhardt, museum manager, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
On Friday, July 10, at 4:30 p.m. there will be free admission at the Maritime Museum to celebrate the exhibit reception of Cunard 175: Engine for Change.
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest maritime museum in Canada. Founded in 1948, this exciting cultural and educational institution has permanent exhibits on the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the story of Canada’s connection to the Titanic disaster, the history of the Canadian Navy, and CSS Acadia, a 102-year-old hydrographic vessel and national historic site docked at the museum wharf on Halifax’s dynamic downtown waterfront.