Museum of Industry
The Museum of Industry is not just about industry, it’s about people and their families; real people who invented machines, dreamed up products, built factories, worked in mines, or ran railways.
Your experience begins with a time card to punch in just as if you were to start a shift in a mine or factory. You are about to experience the worker’s story behind Nova Scotia industrialization. Through hands-on interactive displays the museum will show you how water was used to power a sawmill, how to hook a rag mat with costumed interpreters, print your own bookmark, work a steam engine or assemble artillery shell and much more.
You can visit the mighty Samson, Canada’s oldest steam locomotive, eighth oldest in North America and believed to be the 17th oldest in the world. Resting near the track she once carried coal over the Foord coal seam (1,100ft. below the museum site), the Samson was once capable of pulling 32 cars with a weight of three tons each. The museum also houses the first European car manufactured in Canada, a 1963 Volvo; a Victorian Horseless Carriage, the first gasoline automobile built in the Maritimes; and a 1912 MacKay car built by the Nova Scotia Carriage & Motor Company.