Facility Rental

Small Craft Gallery

Harbourfront View, Surrounded by Maritime History

Thank you for considering the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic as the venue for your upcoming event. We currently offer bookings in three spaces,and are able to consult with clients on how our spaces can suit their events.

The Small Craft Gallery 

With nautical vessels spanning the century, the Small Craft Gallery is an impressive room with high ceilings to accommodate the masts of our collection and large windows looking out onto the harbour. This picturesque space has hosted weddings, arts presentations, lectures and receptions.  This venue adds a sense of grandness and history to any occasion.

The Robertson Meeting Room

If you are hosting a smaller meeting, try our Second Floor Meeting Room suitable for tabled discussions of 20 or rowed seating (theatre-style) up to 30. This space is great for community meetings or small presentations.

The Harbourview Observation Deck ***Available June-October***

Our outdoor space provides beautiful views of our working harbour and the C.S.S. Acadia. This space lets you showcase Halifax to your guests while allowing for sunshine and fresh air. Accommodations for weather concerns must be arranged with us in advance.


Booking the Small Craft Gallery

Cost: $1,091.80 (taxes in) for a rental of the Small Craft Gallery. The rate for not for profit groups is $544.85.   The observation deck can be included for an additional $300 (June-October)

Booking Times: This space is available after public museum visiting hours until midnight. We have a catering prep area we can make available at 1pm day of and allow for booking past midnight at a maximum of $100 for 1 additional hour. Evening bookings are not available on Tuesday evenings due to public museum visiting hours.

Number of People: The room can accommodate up to 110 people seated or 250 standing.

Onsite Event Supplies: Rental rate includes use of 10 six-foot folding tables and 80 black plastic chairs.

AV Equipment: Use of our AV equipment is available for a fee of $62.70. This includes sound system, microphone and projector options. Additional SOCAN fees may apply if music is part of the event rental.

Lighting: The client may hang lights from the railing along the second floor, or up-light the sails. No decorations or lighting may be placed on artifacts or display cases, or in any manner that could potentially damage the artefacts. No smoke machines, balloons or confetti cannons may be used.

Food Policy: Food and drink are restricted to the Small Craft Gallery. If the client needs to host a pre-reception, our lobby is an ideal location. If you wish to use the courtyard (available until 10pm) for any portion of your reception it should be noted that the courtyard is also our load-in area and this will require coordination with your caterers.

Alcohol policy:  Alcohol is permitted in the Small Craft Gallery; however, a Special Occasion license must be obtained separately from Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming.


Booking the Meeting Room

Cost: Cost is $242.45 taxes in for a rental of the meeting room for a full-day or evening rental. (Half-day $136.25) Not-for-profit groups can book the room for $136.25 (full day) or $68.10 (half day)

Number of People: Our meeting room suitable for tabled discussions of up to 20 people or rowed seating (theatre-style) for up to 30.

Rental Equipment: Rental of the Meeting Room includes access to the in-room chairs (30) and tables (7 tables that are roughly 5ft).  The client may alter the set-up of the room for the purpose of their event but are asked to return it to its previous arrangement afterwards.

Booking Times: Booking is available during operational hours of the museum. Evenings are possible as well with prior arrangement.

Access: The meeting room is wheelchair accessible via elevator.

Amenities: There is an in-room smart board, and kitchen-- use of both is complimentary.

Food Policy: Food and drink are restricted to the meeting room during a daytime meeting.  As visitors to the museum are asked to not consume food or drink in the galleries, we ask that people at the museum for their meeting do the same.

Alcohol policy: Alcohol is not permitted in the Meeting Room.


Booking the Harbourview Observation Deck (June-October)

Cost: The cost for booking our observation deck is $500 alone, or $300 when paired with booking the Small Craft Gallery.

Number of People:    Our observation deck’s capacity is 150.

Rental Equipment: Rental of the observation deck includes access to our 10 folding tables and 80 plastic chairs. As our Small Craft Gallery bookings get priority, please arrange your needs ahead of time so we can try to accommodate.

Booking Times:  Booking is available after hours until 11pm- with possible exceptions if the event is open to the public.

Food Policy: Food is permitted on the observation deck only, and with advance notice of arrangements.

Alcohol policy: Alcohol is permitted, but a Special Occasion license must be obtained separately from Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming.


Film and Video Productions

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has a number of authentic period spaces in its galleries which can serve as the perfect location for film or video productions. In particular, the Museum’s vessel C.S.S. Acadia is frequently in demand as a backdrop for a variety of projects.

A rare example of a riveted steel vessel, the 180-foot steamship was built in 1913 and features well preserved Edwardian interiors. In the past, Acadia has been used as a wartime cargo ship, a 19th century immigrant ship, a hospital ship, and even a Japanese destroyer.

A daily location fee is charged for all film work at the Museum, based on an eight hour day. An hourly overtime rate will be charged for filming beyond the eight hours or for extraordinary hours. For major projects, a flat fee may be negotiated.

All film productions are subject to the Nova Scotia Museum’s Film/Video Production policy and producers must sign a Letter of Agreement.

To request further details, including availability and conditions of the Film/Video Production policy, email jenny.nodelman@novascotia.ca