Do you like stories of dinosaurs? Well, visit the Fundy Geological Museum and learn how they roamed around Nova Scotia millions of years ago. You’ll even see some fossilized dinosaur bones! This is a great place to visit for the amateur geologist and the kids will love the interactive displays.
Dinosaur Replica on display at the Museum
This small community-based museum opened in 1993 and has welcomed thousands of visitors. It all started in 1984 when Eldon George was wondering the beaches at Wasson Bluff located not far from the museum. He would discover the smallest fossilized dinosaur footprints ever found. The idea of a Fundy Geological Museum was not far off.
The Fundy Geological Museum will take you on an adventure through the Triassic and Jurassic periods when dinosaurs once roamed. This was well over 150 million years ago.
Learn how the earth’s surface shifted and how Pangea was formed. Pangea was a supercontinent which formed around 300 million years ago. Learn how Nova Scotia was a part of this ancient world.
Check out how Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy were formed through the interactive time machine. See how continents shifted, formed and broke apart. Learn how ancient landscapes came to be starting with the supercontinent Pangea. And see the role that Nova Scotia played.
Remember that the Bay of Fundy has some of the richest and oldest geological features in North America.
The kids love the interactive time machine....lots of button to push and then the earth moves and shifts in front of them! The Fundy Geological Museum has a real moving puzzle of the history of the earth.
Inside the Museum
The Bay of Fundy Time Machine
Learn about the links between geology and Nova Scotia’s cultural heritage. The Bay of Fundy has some of the world’s highest tides so twice a day the tides are eroding the cliffs and constantly exposing her fossils, minerals and rocks. This makes the bay an ever changing array of treasures waiting to be discovered.
This area along the bay has been well known for its fine minerals such as amethyst, agate, and zeolites. The big bowl of rock soup is a hit with the kids so beware that a future geologist may be born during your visit.
It will be hard to miss the dinosaur replica that sits high on a display in the museum. This is not one of the larger dinosaurs that would have wondered the earth but, nevertheless, an impressive site.
Many dinosaur bones have been found in the area but not a full skeleton. At least not yet!
He 'stands guard' in the museum!
One thing definitely not to miss is a trip to the beach for a guided walk by one of the museum staff. This is where you see where it all started. A walk on a beach is always great but this is even better since this is where dinosaur fossils have been found.
I went to Wasson Bluff and to Partridge Island when I was there. It was fantastic and you never know what you might find. Remember that if you do find something of interest you are obligated to inform the Fundy Geological Museum for them to analyze it.
A great view of the beach at Wasson Bluff
Some advice if you plan to go on a guided beach walk:
- Call the museum beforehand to ask about the schedule
- Wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
- Be prepared for the possibility of rain, fog and cooler weather
Since 1966, professional geologists and amateurs alike have been gathering in Parrsboro for an annual rockhound roundup. It is now the Nova Scotia Gem and Mineral Show & Sale This is one of the oldest mineral shows in Canada and people come from all over.
You'll be treated to gems and minerals, foreign fossils, geological walks, demonstrations and workshops.
The 2014 show is set for August 14, 15 and 16. Call the Fundy Geological Museum at 1-866-856-3466 for more information
The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world. Some people tend to underestimate the power of the tides and how quickly they can come in and go out! Always check the tide times before you venture out to the beach.
The museum will also have information on the tides schedule and all visitor information centres have the schedule posted.
I loved my visit to this museum. It was extremely interesting. I had no idea what could be found along the Bay of Fundy. The community of Parrsboro is fiercely proud of their area and of this museum. It may be small but the wealth of information here is wonderful.
It is a great place for a visit. Make sure you get to the beach for a tour! You might find something!
Location: The museum is located in the town of Parrsboro at 162 Two Islands Road. There is also a Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in the museum.
Parrsboro is 45.4 km (28 mi) south of Springhill (highway 2 south) and 94.4 km (58 mi) west of Truro (highway 2 north).
Check out this map to get directions. Use the '+' and '-' icons to scroll in and out for more or less detail.
Sign to find the museum.
Museum Hours: The museum is open year-round Mon-Frid from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Call toll free 1-866-856-3466.
Admittance Fee: There is an admittance fee to enter the museum. The prices range from $8.00 for an adult to $12.50 for a family. Children under 5 enter for free. Group rates are available as well.
Services: Wheelchair accessible. The Museum Shop is located inside the museum and carries of full range of books and gifts.
Do you love Fossils? Check out the Joggins Fossil Cliffs.
Hungry? I checked out the Harbour View Restaurant (476 Pier Road) when I was there. Great lobster rolls! This place has a great location next to the beach where there is a awesome view of the lighthouse.
There is also a Tim Horton's at 4019 Eastern Ave. I also had the chance to have a scallop dinner at the Glooscap Restaurant (758 Upper Main St.). They were excellent.