The Collection

The bulk of the artifact Collection is currently in storage until additional exhibit space is located for the Museum. However, many artefacts are on display in Evergreen and Quaker Houses.

Viewing the Collection

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum is excited to announce that our Collection is beginning to be uploaded onto NovaMuse!
NovaMuse is the online museum database run by the Association of Nova Scotia Museums (ANSM), featuring collections from museums all across the province! We are hoping to add more of our collection, and eventually curate Galleries for online visitors far and wide to view and learn the stories behind our artifacts. Please follow the link below to take a look! Also keep an eye on our social media for Artifact Highlights and Curated Galleries!

The Photographic Collection

Dr. Helen Creighton moved into Evergreen House with her family in 1921. In 1928, she began her career as a folklorist: collecting songs and stories from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. This permanent exhibit focuses on her long and significant career.

The Museum has over 14,000 images as part of the photo collection. These images are searchable within the Museum’s database so the staff and researcher can find images and information easily. To access or search the collection, researchers must first submit a Research Request Form. Please download and complete the Research Request Form and submit it either by email, mail or in-person. For more information on researching at the Museum, please click here.

Images may be reproduced for a nominal fee, depending on the format requested. Note: Only images that are in the public domain or that the Museum owns copyright can be reproduced. If you wish to obtain a copy of a specific photograph, please contact us.

Donating to the Collection

How can I make a donation to the Collection?

If you would like to donate an item to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, please first contact the Collections department with details. If it is determined your objects would be an asset to our Collection you will be asked to bring the item/s to the Museum for review by the Collections Management Committee. Larger items should be photographed with the photos submitted for review (due to space limitations). You will be asked to complete a Provisional Custody Agreement that will allow us temporary custody of items under review. All pending donations are treated with the same care as those already in our Collection. The Committee meets bi-monthly; it may take more than one meeting for a determination, depending on the volume and/or complexity of items being reviewed.

How will I know what the committee decides?

Once your item/s are reviewed by the Committee you will receive a letter advising you of their decision. If your item(s) have been accepted, you will be asked to complete a Deed of Gift form which transfers ownership. Upon receipt of the form the donation is processed by Museum staff and the objects added to our Collection. If your items are not accepted by the Committee, you will be asked to make arrangements for their pickup.

How does the Collections Management Committee decide what is collected?

All donations are presented before the Collections Management Committee to determine whether the Museum will accept them into the collection. The Committee, with recommendations from staff, looks at three main areas to make their decision: the objects history, its condition, and relevance to our mission statement. Other factors such as size, special restrictions and greater significance to another institution, may also be considered.

What if I donated something to the museum in the past and I want to know what happened to it?

As soon as you sign them over to the Museum, they become the legal property of Halifax Regional Municipality and they are no longer yours. Please think carefully and consult your family members before making any donations.

What happens if I decide I want my object(s) back in a few years?

As soon as you sign them over to the Museum, they become the legal property of Halifax Regional Municipality and they are no longer yours. Please think carefully and consult your family members before making any donations.

Can I bring my object(s) to be appraised?

No, the Museum does not have the ability to appraise objects. You would have to go to a professional appraiser.

If I have further questions, who can I contact?
Please use our Contact Form and select “Collections” as the subject line.