Halifax Explosion
100 years 100 stories


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.

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.



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

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


HRM Markers

Beginning in December 2017, a series of sculptural markers commissioned by Halifax Regional Municipality will be installed in Fort Needham Memorial Park and other areas of Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford with strong connection to the Explosion.

Made of stainless and corten steel, the markers are pairs of bent, perforated vertical forms that represent exploded trees that dotted the landscape in the aftermath of the Explosion. By using the forms in pairs, the markers also reflect past and present, and the interplay of two ships in their fateful approach to one another.

Collectively, the markers will connect back to the interpretive program of Fort Needham Memorial Park, and will serve to engage with themes related to the 100th Anniversary.


Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

To mark the 100th anniversary of the devastating Halifax Explosion in 1917, Photopolis – a Halifax photography festival held every three years – established the Turtle Grove Project.

Through the project Indigenous youth artists and makers, with support from established artists and the community, participated in a unique opportunity to learn more about an early Mi'kmaq settlement by the Narrows that was destroyed the morning of December 6th, 100 years ago.

The result of the project is Kepe'kek from the Narrows of the Great Harbour, a collaborative photo-based exhibition, which is available from September 30, 2017 to January 14, 2018.

To learn more, visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia website.


Army Museum of Halifax

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.

The exhibit will be available December 2017. Learn more at the Army Museum of Halifax's website.