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Visitor Information

We’re looking forward to your Discovery Centre visit.  

Beginning Oct 4thPROOF OF VACCINATION will be required. Visitors are mandated by Nova Scotia Public Health to show proof of vaccination, either printed or digital, and a piece of government-issued ID (ie health card or driver’s license) for all members of your group aged 12 and older. MASKS are required for visitors aged 2 and up. 

For more on how to explore safely, please visit What to Expect. 

To protect the health and safety of its members, visitors, staff, and volunteers during COVID-19, Discovery Centre is following the recommendation of health officials who have advised that wearing a mask is a critical measure to reducing the spread of COVID-19. We thank all our visitors for their patience as we do our part to keep you safe. 

Hours of Operation

Wednesday9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Thursday9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Friday9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Saturday9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
Sunday9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

Holiday Closures

Good Friday, Natal Day, National Day of  Truth and Reconciliation, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Online Admission Tickets

All rates are subject to a 15% tax and will be added on during the admission process.

2 years & UnderFREE
Child (3+)$12 + HST
Adult (18+)$15 + HST
Senior (65+)$12 + HST
Family of 4$48 + HST
You can now purchase your admission tickets online before arriving at the Discovery Centre! For members this will mean selecting the ‘member’ ticket type for each family member coming to the Centre. If you wish to pay by cash or gift card please select ‘Pay in Store’. Every visitor requires a ticket.

Tickets are only valid for the timeslot purchased (9:00am-12:00pm or 1:00pm-4:00pm). You may arrive at any time during your timeslot, however, in order to give staff time to clean during the changeover, all visitors must leave at the end of their timeslot, regardless of when they arrived.  

Tickets are not transferable to another time or date. Tickets are non-refundable. 

Please note that children 12 and under are not permitted entrance to the Discovery Centre without accompaniment parent/guardian or caregiver 18 years or older.

What to Expect

Several measures have been put in place to ensure visitor safety including: 

  • Focused cleaning on high touch surfaces  
  • Products such as hand sanitizer are readily available  
  • High interaction areas such as the front desk and café have been enclosed  
  • Staff and visitors will be wearing non-medical masks or alternative PPE   

How You Can Help 

  • Purchase admission tickets online before your visit 
  • Bring a piece of government-issued ID (ie health card or driver’s license) and Proof of Vaccinations, either printed or digital, for all members of your group aged 12 and older.  
  • Wear a mask. Masks are mandatory during your visit  
  • Wash/sanitize hands frequently  
  • Delay your visit if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 

Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe during your visit. 


Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, non-medical masks are required during your visit to the Discovery Centre, for visitors aged 2 and up. Please see Nova Scotia Public Health’s policy for more information on properly wearing a mask: 

What restrictions are in place right now at the Discovery Centre?

Thank you for planning your visit to the Discovery Centre. 

Non-medical masks are required during your visit to the Discovery Centre, for visitors aged 2 and up.  

Beginning Oct 4thPROOF OF VACCINATION will be required to enter the Discovery Centre. Visitors are mandated by Nova Scotia Public Health to show proof of vaccination, either printed or digital, and a government-issued ID (ie: health card or driver’s licence) for all members of your group aged 12 and older.   

For more information on masks or proof of vaccinations, please visit Nova Scotia Public Health’s website: 

We will continue with our enhanced cleaning measures and will encourage staff and visitors to use our sanitizing stations and stay home if feeling unwell.

Who has to show proof vaccination?

  • Children aged 11 or younger – no vaccine needed but adults must be fully vaccinated 
  • Children who turned 12 before October 4, 2021 – must be fully vaccinated by December 31, 2021 
  • Children aged 12 – have 3 months from their birthday to get both doses 
  • Children 13-18 – must have one vaccine now, both doses by November 9, 2021 

What counts as proof of vaccination?

Government issued proof of vaccination forms or cards are accepted. For Nova Scotians this is a Proof of Vaccination document you can download on CANImmunize: 

If you are visiting from another province, please go to your government public health website to get your proof of vaccination.  

The name on your proof of vaccination must match the name on your piece of government-issued ID such as a health card or driver’s license.  

Dome Theatre Closure

The Dome Theatre is currently closed.


The Discovery Centre is fully wheelchair accessible, including the Dome Theatre.


Bird’s Nest Café is located on Level 3 and available to all visitors.

*hours and menu is subject to change without notice


The Discovery Centre does not have a dedicated parking lot. Parking is available in the surrounding areas including the Halifax waterfront, the Seaport Market and behind the Westin Hotel. For hourly rates and parking locations, click here.


We are located at 1215 Lower Water Street, between Bishop’s Landing and the Halifax Seaport Market, along the waterfront.

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