Halifax Explosion
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Experiences

The Halifax Explosion was one of the most significant events in the city's history. Take a part in an interpretive experience by going to a museum exhibit, exploring an online resource, or viewing a commemorative project.

If you have an experience or project related to the explosion that you would like us to include, please contact us with the details.

For information about commemorative events, visit our events listing.

 


Nova Scotia Archives 

One of Canada's oldest archival institutions, the Nova Scotia Archives acquires, preserves and makes available the province's documentary heritage — recorded information of provincial significance created or accumulated by government and the private sector over the last 300 years.

Recognizing the immense historic significance of the Halifax Explosion, the Archives already has several amazing online resources about the disaster including “A Vision of Regeneration”, “The Halifax Explosion Remembrance Book”, and the “Halifax Explosion Film”

To commemorate the centenary of the explosion, the Archives has launched a new online exhibit,"Still Standing: W.G. MacLaughlan Albums of Buildings Damaged by the Halifax Explosion". Presented for the first time in 100 years, the exhibit features 123 MacLaughlan photographs of damaged buildings in and around the devastated area. Some locations have been identified based on notations on the images and/or the research work by Archives staff, however, the majority remain unidentified.

To accompany the images, the Archives has also prepared the "Still Standing Video Series", which is a collection of videos based on the stories of five survivors. Hear their accounts of the disaster voiced and see what they saw, as life began again. 

To access all of this incredible material, visit the Nova Scotia Archives' Halifax Explosion virtual exhibit.  

 


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.

 


Into the Debris Field: The Halifax Explosion

Into the Debris Field is a multifaceted centenary project that recognizes the profound impact of the Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917, and how the reverberations of that event continue to shape the consciousness of a place and its people. 

Learn more at the project's website: intothedebrisfield.ca

 


Army Museum, Halifax Citadel 

The exhibition The City Regiments Response to the Halifax Explosion recognizes the contribution of military personnel stationed in the Halifax region in search and rescue efforts and medical care immediately following the Halifax Explosion. The immediate deployment of military personnel, equipment and supplies in advance of a coordinated civic response is credited with reducing the number of fatalities.

By the 100th anniversary, the Army Museum will have installed a new artifact - The Watchman's Clock. This clock was found at the bottom of the Graving Dock at the waterfront during the recovery efforts, with the hands still frozen at 9:04:35.

The exhibit will be available from December 2 to 6, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Learn more at the Army Museum of Halifax's website.

 


Halifax Public Llibraries

Libraries Resource

In addition to hosting numerous commemorative events and presentations, public libraries in Nova Scotia are also an incredible resource about the Halifax Explosion. Explore the Halifax Public Libraries' new Halifax Explosion Resource Page, which includes an updated reading list and three photographic booklets showing the devastation in Halifax and Dartmouth.

 


Naval Museum of Halifax

The Naval Museum of Halifax (2725 Gottingen Street, Halifax) opened its updated Halifax Explosion exhibit in August, 2017. It explores the effects of the disaster on the Royal Canadian Navy, it's role in the search for survivors and recovery efforts and the establishment of the Halifax Relief Commission Public Health Unit No.1 in Admiralty House. We also look at the disaster in HMC Dockyard and our neighbourhood: north end Halifax.

 


Perkins School for the Blind

Located in Waterton, Massachusetts, Perkins School for the Blind is a progressive, multi-faceted organization committed to improving the lives of people with blindness and deafblindness all around the world.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, Perkins created an online exhibit that focuses on the work of the school's third director, Edward E. Allen, who served as the Chairman of the American Red Cross Committee on Eye Victims of the Halifax Disaster. 

Broken into four sections, The Halifax Explosion Centennial Online Exhibit, provides excellent insight about the Explosion and various blindness relief efforts.

 


A City Destroyed: Experience the Halifax Explosion, 100 Years Later

On December 6, 1917, a munitions ship loaded with explosive cargo collided with another vessel in Halifax Harbour, resulting in one of the deadliest disasters in Canadian history. Presented by CBC, this interactive online experience re-creates that event and its aftermath in a 3D virtual environment. Explore "A City Destroyed"