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Museum of Natural History
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Immerse yourself in Nova Scotia’s impressive biodiversity and history and say hello to Gus, Halifax’s favorite tortoise.

The Museum of Natural History prides itself on a strong Nova Scotian focus. Don’t let its small size deceive you, as this museum packs archaeology, geology, ethnology, aquatic life and lots of real-life critters into its exhibits. Discover wonders from the province and the local area with informative permanent and temporary exhibits, and visit Gus, the almost century-old Gopher Tortoise. The museum is tucked between the Wanderer Grounds gardens and Halifax Common at the base of Citadel Hill.

This busy museum is a must-see for families. Learn about Nova Scotia’s First Nations people, the Mi’kmaq, with traditional cultural artifacts. Get up close to the Nature Lab’s live specimens, including bee colonies, reptiles and frogs. From spring to fall, visit the spectacular Butterfly House, home to hundreds of domestic and imported species.

Kids will love the sights and sounds of the interactive forest and jungle exhibits. The Science on a Sphere exhibit will impress children and adults with slick animated presentations about the solar system, weather patterns, the earth and the oceans, all on a round, 18-foot (six-meter) screen.

The crowd favorite is Gus, the resident tortoise. The ancient reptile is one of Halifax’s local celebrities and is taken out for lunch and a stroll through the museum every afternoon.

Entrance to the Museum of Natural History is reasonably priced. Ask about deals for families. Visit any day of the year during regular business hours. The museum’s wide range of guided tours, events and talks offer an in-depth experience of Nova Scotia’s rich biodiversity and heritage.

Pleasant commons, the Public Gardens Park and sports fields surround this leafy pocket of downtown Halifax. The museum is located in a quiet, green neighborhood a short walk from the Summer and Robie Street bus routes or five minutes drive from the city center by car. Plenty of inexpensive parking can be found right on the museum’s doorstep.

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The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
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4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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Cambridge Suites Hotel
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3 out of 5
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Prince George Hotel
Prince George Hotel
4 out of 5
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $93 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

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The Egyptian exhibit is very interesting! Gus the 93 year old turtle was of great interest to my 8 year old grandaughter!

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The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
4.5 out of 5
1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Cambridge Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
1583 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $90 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Cambridge Suites Hotel
Prince George Hotel
Prince George Hotel
4 out of 5
1725 Market St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $93 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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Hotel Halifax
Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1990 Barrington St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $74 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
4 out of 5
1919 Upper Water St, Halifax, NS
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Doubletree by Hilton Halifax Dartmouth
4 out of 5
101 Wyse Rd, Dartmouth, NS
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4 out of 5
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Atlantica Hotel Halifax
3.5 out of 5
1980 Robie St, Halifax, NS
The price is CA $79 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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