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Arts & Culture Tour

Neptune Theatre , Halifax

Port: Halifax

Maximum Persons Per Tour : Six / If your party exceeds six then a quantity of two must be selected in the cart to dispatch two vehicles and two driver/guides.

 

Museums,Art galleries and a play in our Capital city.

We’ll depart your hotel or the cruise dock and travel down the Halifax water front past Historic Properties (also known as Privateers' Wharf) warehouses on the Halifax Boardwalk that began to be constructed during the Napoleonic Wars by Nova Scotian businessmen such as Enos Collins, a privateer, smuggler and shipper whose vessels defied Napoleon's blockade to bring American supplies to the British commander Duke of Wellington. 

 

These properties helped make Halifax prosperous in Canada's early days by aiding trade and commerce, but they were also frequently used as vehicles for smuggling and privateering. During the War of 1812, two of the most successful Nova Scotian privateer ships during this time period were the Liverpool Packet and the Sir John Sherbrooke. 

Folk singer Stan Rogers made the Privateers Wharf famous in his songs "Barrett's Privateers" and "Bluenose". The Pontac House is named for the renowned Great Pontack (Halifax), which was located there just after the founding of Halifax. 

 

We’ll stop at Anna Leonowens Gallery. Named after NSCAD University's feisty Victorian founder, the Anna Leonowens Gallery (ALG) is a public exhibition space offering emerging artists hands-on exhibits.

Leaving the gallery travel through the down town core to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the gallery was founded in 1908 as the Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts. It was renamed in 1975 as the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 1988, the gallery moved to the historic Dominion Building, built in 1865, designed by architects David Stirling and William Hay. The gallery expanded in 1998 to include several floors of the Provincial Building located just to the south of Dominion Building. [2] The two structures are separated by Ondaatje Court, a public space that besides being used for temporary exhibitions, contains several large permanent sculptures. Underneath the courtyard is a large underground exhibition room which connects the two buildingsNo visit to the gallery would be complete without taking in the superb Maude Lewis collection