The Maritime Museum opens a new temporary exhibit, North from Nova Scotia today, June 23.
Nova Scotia’s connections to land, sea, animals, and people in northern regions – Labrador, Greenland, and the eastern Arctic – stretch back thousands of years.
“Nova Scotia has been a vital crossroad on land and at sea, connecting people in the north to those in lands beyond,” said Roger Marsters, curator of marine history. “Presenting North from Nova Scotia as our 2016 special exhibit tracks these links as they shift and grow stronger over time, bringing peoples and cultures together across land, sea, and ice.”
Visitors will discover harsh and beautiful landscapes, the wildlife, the rich cultures and the people who call the north home. From stories of hunters who tracked seals and whales in elegant skin-covered kayaks, to explorers who struggled to adapt familiar ways of living to an unfamiliar world, and scientists who study the impact of a changing climate. The role that Nova Scotia has played in making Canada a truly northern nation will be on display.
“People of all ages will enjoy our new exhibition which combines artifacts and historic images, contemporary photographs by local educator Nick Newbery, and creative, discovery areas for playful personalities”, said Kim Reinhardt, museum manager.
In North from Nova Scotia, visitors can examine a mysterious cairn containing important information on how to live in harsh landscapes and weather or learn about the adventures of the museum ship CSS Acadia, the 103-year-old veteran of Canada’s northern waters. Also featured is an original Greenland sealskin kayak and its working replica, built specially for this exhibit.
Museum admission is free today from 5 p.m. to closing to celebrate the new exhibit. Come and see the many ways that Nova Scotia links the peoples, landscapes, and cultures of this northern realm.
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 103-year-old hydrographic vessel and national historic site docked at the museum wharf on Halifax’s dynamic downtown waterfront.