Fortress Halifax – A City Shaped by Conflict
The largest and newest exhibit at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site fills over 550 square metres (6,000 square feet) within the walls of the historic stone fort. Divided into seven rooms, each room presents a different time period starting from before Halifax was established through to modern day. Immerse yourself in the social and military story of Halifax as told through the lens of the four Citadels.
Halifax and its Fortress share a rich and vibrant history. Experience it as never before through stories, paintings, digital journals, and anecdotes as told through multiple perspectives. Be among the first to travel through time to explore Halifax from the turbulent colonial era to the World Wars and beyond!
Top five highlights from the Halifax Citadel’s new signature exhibit
View artwork by renowned local Mi'kmaw artist, Leonard Paul, depicting Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and Mi’kma’ki (ancestral land of the Mi'kmaq) as it was before the British arrived.
Learn more about the resilience of the Mi’kmaq through to modern day.
Discover how the city was shaped by military and social needs of the time, over a span of centuries from the first wooden structures to the brick and mortar fortress that still stands today.
Interact with digital touch tables and watch an animated history of Halifax as it unfolds in front of you in just three minutes.
Listen and watch first person perspectives recounted from the British, French, Mi’kmaq, Black Loyalists, Acadians, and more. Learn how a Royal Prince, father of Queen Victoria, influenced Halifax and how global conflicts affected the city and its citizens.
Kids will enjoy exploring the soldiers’ home tent display and the dress-up station featuring War of 1812 uniforms representing the Royal Artillery and Royal Newfoundland Fencible Infantry.
For centuries, the Mi’kmaq chose this area as an encampment and place of gathering. Along with the Mi’kmaq, people from many cultures continue to call this bustling modern and diverse port city home.
Discover how much has and hasn’t changed over the past 200 years.