Virtual Tour of Government House

Friday, January 21, 2022

His Honour the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc and Mrs. LeBlanc are pleased to present a virtual tour of Government House. Explore areas including the Main Foyer, Grand Staircase, Ballroom, and Morning Room, while learning about the history and design of the building. 

To begin the virtual tour, please click here

How to Navigate the Virtual Tour

To navigate the tour, use your mouse to click and drag on the image of a room. This will provide a 360 degree view of that location. 

As you browse each room, photo icons in black circles will appear on the screen. Click on the circle to move to the next room. 

In each room, "i" icons in black circles appear on certain objects or pieces of art. Click on the "i" to read a description of the object.  

The Historic Significance of Government House

Government House is a treasure for Nova Scotia and Canada. It remains an important part of our provincial and national history as the oldest consecutively occupied government residence, and one of the oldest official residences in North America. Government House rivals the White House in Washington D.C., for this title.

Over its 210-year existence, Government House has undergone several minor refurbishments. The overall architectural style of Government House is Georgian – popular in England and the colonies between 1720 and 1840. The manor features classic Georgian design elements such as symmetrical windows, hipped rooflines and chimneys on either side of the home.

In the course of building Government House, nearly all construction materials were assembled from across Nova Scotia. It was – and remains – a true, ceremonial home for Nova Scotia, built by Nova Scotians, for Nova Scotians. 

To learn more about the history of Government House, please click here