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The words "summer," "fun" and "museum" don't always go together.
That's changing, and you can find out how this weekend at 25 Nova
Scotia Museum sites and at a slew of community museums from Iona
to Yarmouth, Digby to the Parrsboro shore.

On July 12-13, museums across the province will celebrate Museum
Day Weekend. See and do great stuff. Learn about bats from an
expert, hunt for fossils and agates, press your own apple cider,
try your hand at milking a cow, or examine a restored biplane, a
mansion or a Scottish settler's cottage.

Museum Day came into being in 1996 with its proclamation by the
Nova Scotia government. This year, Museum Day is a weekend. 
Education and Culture Minister Robbie Harrison extends an
invitation to all Nova Scotians interested in learning and
preserving our heritage to visit and support our museums.

"Museum Day Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate and appreciate
the significant role museums play in our communities," said Mr.
Harrison. "Museums not only tell us stories about our past, they
can also teach us so much about our future."

Museum Day Weekend is the perfect time to experience Nova Scotian
history. Museums are full of life and open to inquisitive minds.
Choose from more than 50 extra-special events --fiddling
concerts, dancing on the wharf, folk and old-time shape-note
singing, garden parties, tours, antique appraisals, and
demonstrations galore.

Experience the food, clothing, music and machines once common
among our ancestors. Try your hand at an 18th-century
spinning-wheel or at making a barrel. Sample food as it was
prepared in the 1700s and 1800s.

Check out a model railroad or a butterfly garden. Explore the
Fundy Shore where sailing ships of every kind once slipped down
greased rails and set a course for distant continents.

Children can keep busy playing games popular a century ago,
riding an antique fire engine, or creating toys and musical
instruments from everyday items such as rags or apples.

"As we approach the millennium, it becomes even more important
that museums maintain and nurture links with our past," said Mr.
Harrison. "That's the mandate for all our museums, and on July
12-13, I urge all Nova Scotians to explore how that's done."

Find out what's happening on Museum Day Weekend in your region.
Call your local museum, tourist bureau or media outlet, and watch
for Museum Day Weekend events posters in your community.


Contact: Claudia Pinsent
         Nova Scotia Museum

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