Located near the site of the disaster, there is no better place to learn about the sinking of the S.S. Atlantic
than in the S.S. Atlantic
Heritage Park museum, located in the Interpretation Centre.
The museum contains a large collection of artifacts salvaged from the wreck site at the time of the disaster and over many decades since. The most recent additions to the collection are a porthole that was found by the late Jim Murphy, as well as a crewman's cap donated by an American donor, and a working clock donated locally. The only child to survive the disaster, John Hindley, was pulled out through one of these large portholes. The collection includes the White Star flag donated by an American who had family on the ship, newspaper reports about the sinking and much more.
There are also large panels displayed throughout the museum that give detailed explanations of the disaster in words, pictures and artists' renditions. These informative panels take you back in time and present a story of heroism and compassion which should not be forgotten.
In addition to the history of the S.S. Atlantic
you can learn some of the local history, including that of the Nova Scotia Tartan which was produced in the local area. Come learn how the tartan was made and see the original loom on which the first Nova Scotia tartan was woven.
There is something here for everyone!
Tours are available for groups of all sizes and ages. For more information see our Book a Tour/Visit Us
button at the top of this page.
There are washrooms in the Centre.
The parking lot can accommodate buses and cars.
The Interpretation Centre is wheelchair accessible.