Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Tourism Region: South Shore of Nova Scotia
The breath-taking Lunenburg waterfront is the home of the world-class Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Housed in brightly painted red buildings, with floating vessels at wharfside, the Museum offers a host of attractions and nautical Gift Shop. Get your sea legs on the banks schooner Theresa E. Connor and talk with 'old' salts' who fished the North Atlantic. Enter the underwater world of our Millennium Aquarium. The Museum is filled with exhibits, displays and activities. Help with the launching of a schooner model and feel the thrill of watching a vessel 'slide down the ways'. Visit the boat shop -- or, spend a bit of time hooking a mat or quilting, in the Life in Fishing Communities exhibit. The Museum theatre shows films throughout the day. Nova Scotia's most famous schooner, Bluenose, is celebrated in an exhibit that contains the world's largest collection of Bluenose artifacts. Lunenburg's Fisherman's Memorial Room is located on the second floor, offering an evocative tribute to those lost at sea. Plan to visit The Old Fish Factory Restaurant and Ice House Pub with spectacular harbour view. If you've never been to sea, the Fisheries Museum is the place to start. If you have been to sea, this is the place to reaquaint yourself.
About the Collections
The collection includes artifacts, images, charts and plans related to the Canadian Atlantic Fishery.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 30,000
Archival papers related to the Canadian Atlantic Fishery.
Films and Videos •
Sound Recordings •
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Marine History and Technology
Services & Activities
Reference library and documentation centre; demonstrations of traditional handcrafts including rug hooking, knitting and quilting; school programs; visitors' talks on lobster, codfish, scallops, whales, inshore fishing, Bluenose, dories; model schooner launchings; demonstrations of fishermen's skills
Archival Records •
Information Centre •
Classes or Workshops
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
Films and Videos
Children's Activities or Services
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchairs available
: Wheelchair access
Dory Mate membership: Season pass to the museum; museum newsletter
"Dory Mates" 10% discount in our gift store; membership in the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society; Museum preview prior to opening for the season
Licensed, 170 seat, air-conditioned full service seafood restaurant and pub operated as a concession.
Snack Bar or Vending Machines •
Picnic Area •
Publications and Products
"Dory Mates" newsletter
68 Bluenose Drive
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
P. O. Box 1363, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Hours of Operation
Year Round •
Full season programming daily mid-May to mid-October.
Off Season (three floors of exhibits, including aquarium and theatre) - Monday to Friday, holidays excepted.
Open: Seasonal 9:30 - 5:30 (July and August, Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 - 7:00)
Off Season 9:00 - 4:00
All major holidays.
Children (6-17) $3.00
Children (under 6) free
Seniors, Students with card $7.00
Family date rate $22.00
Adult Group (10 or more) $7.00/person
School Class $3.00
Family Season Pass $42.00
Adult Season Pass $18.00