Halifax Explosion
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100 years have passed since the Halifax Explosion happened and we are asking everyone to take a moment to remember.

Throughout 2017, many engaging and thoughtful commemorative events will take place, including the annual morning ceremony at the Memorial Bell Tower in Fort Needham Memorial Park on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Leading up to the anniversary, we will share details about a variety of experiences. If you have an event or activity that you would like us to include, please contact us with the details.

Dartmouth Heritage Museum

Explosion! Dartmouths ordeal of the 1917 disaster

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the Dartmouth Heritage Museum presents the exhibit, Explosion! Dartmouth’s Ordeal of the 1917 Disaster. On display in the historic Evergreen House from July 14, 2017 to January 2018, this original exhibit examines the impact the disaster left on Dartmouth and the community.

Notable artifacts featured in the exhibit include a pair of eyeglasses blown off their owner’s face; postcards from a soldier in France messaging home after hearing about the disaster; the diary of Frank Baker, a British naval officer stationed on the HMCS Acadia on the day of the explosion; and four fragments from the Mont-Blanc.

For more informaton, including Evergreen House's address, admission rates and hours of operation, visit the museum's website.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Collision in the Narrows Exhibit postcard

Opening on June 15 and running until December 31, 2017, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will host two special exhibits in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Collision in the Narrows: The 1917 Halifax Harbour Explosion is a new exhibit that investigates the impact the Explosion had on those who suffered it, as well as our world today.

Hope and Survival: The Halifax Explosion Memorial Quilt

Hope and Survival: The Halifax Explosion Memorial Quilt is an extraoridinary piece conceived by artist and Portia White Prize winne, Laurie Swim. This monumental community art project features images in fabric based on witness accounts of the event and its aftermath.

Visit the museum's website to learn about hours of operation and admission prices.

Xara Choral Theatre

Performance title against a photograph of north end halifax in the aftermath of the Halifax explosion

Xara Choral Theatre is proud to present "The Hours Turn to Nothing", an exploration of the role that midwives, nurses, and women played in the aftermath of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

Featuring dynamic choral music and text by internationally acclaimed author Ami McKay, this show sheds new light on an important moment in Nova Scotian and suffrage history.


Sunday June 4, 3:00 PM - Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquodoboit.

Saturday June 10, 7:30 PM - Kings Theatre, Annapolis Royal.

Sunday June 11, 7:30 PM - Astor Theatre, Liverpool.

Sunday August 27, 3:00 PM - Indian River Festival, PEI.

Halifax Central Library

Event posterThe Statdacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy presents "A Moment in Time" a musical commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.

Sunday, November 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Halifax Central Library - Paul O'Regan Hall, 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

Free admission