Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, Stellarton

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The Nova Scotia Museum of Industry is a provincial museum located in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, dedicated to the story of Nova Scotia work and workers. Part of the Nova Scotia Museum system, the museum aims to explain how Nova Scotia was affected by the opportunities and challenges of the Industrial Age.

The museum began with a series of studies on ways to preserve Nova Scotia's industrial heritage beginning in 1974. A curator was hired and the collection was started in 1986. Construction began in 1990 and the museum opened to the public in 1995.

The museum occupies a site beside the Trans Canada Highway which includes some of the oldest industrial sites in Nova Scotia including the Foord Pit, once the deepest coal mine in the world and the Albion Railway, the first passenger and freight railway in Canada.

The collection comprises 30,000 objects. Notable artifacts include the Albion Railway's Samson locomotive, the oldest railway locomotive in Canada and the Victorian, a horseless carriage, the first gasoline powered car built in the Maritimes. The museum has extensive hands on galleries that explore the evolution of industry and work in Nova Scotia. Highlights include a large exhibit on coal mining in Nova Scotia including a special display on the Westray Mine disaster which took place near the museum in 1992.
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  • What a great experience touring this museum! We spent about 3 hours going through all of the exhibits and all of the staff were so friendly and helpful. You can easily see how proud they are to...  more »
  • We did this while on a boat cruise and it was a highlight of the trip. Had no idea of all the great things made in Nova Scotia. Museum is very well organized from coal mining history to many modern...  more »
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  • It’s actually a pretty good museum. Very hands on and child friendly. I was at it as a child and again as an adult and it was equally interesting both times. Lots of displays of Nova Scotian history, industry(obviously), and people. Did YOU know there’s something manufactured in the province that begins with each letter of the alphabet?! The mining displays were especially interesting as they were local. Then when we were done in the museum we checked out the gift shop. It’s got a lot of cool stuff.
  • Great place to take the family. Nice exhibits and a great gift store. Honestly, better than the new discovery center in Halifax. You shouldn't miss this museum if you're looking for a place to go.

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