Maritime Museum Launches New Website

Nova Scotia Museum

October 4, 1999 3:27 PM

Surf, navigate, launch. These words are linked to the sea, or the
World Wide Web. For the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in
Halifax, both meanings apply, more than ever before.

The museum is setting sail today, Oct. 4, on a new voyage over
the cyber-sea with the launch of a completely redesigned website.
The museum initially plotted a course on the World Wide Web in
1996 with a modest one-page site. While some revisions and links
were added over the years, visitors will now find an exciting new
look, interactive components and a wealth of new information at
www.mma.ednet.ns.ca .

"The museum's mission is to create for all an awareness,
appreciation and understanding of Nova Scotia's marine heritage,
and the World Wide Web is one way to share the unique stories of
our marine heritage with a broad audience," said Michael Murray,
director of the museum. "With the variety of programming and
events we offer, along with our exhibits, an outstanding
collection and the wealth of information the museum has access
to, it is important to have a website that reflects all of the
changes, additions and permanent elements at the Maritime Museum
of the Atlantic."

The new site uses a variety of intriguing images, allowing the
visitor to get a better sense of the museum's collection. The new
site also helps the museum work toward the goal of making Nova
Scotia's marine heritage accessible to the world. The site is
easier to navigate with more links to unique information, such as
renting space at the museum, answers to some of the most commonly
asked marine history questions including references to Titanic,
and the latest books, prints, music and unique gift ideas
available in the museum shop. A public computer terminal will be
established at the museum's information desk later in the week to
allow visitors to surf the new pages.

Another exciting addition to the site is an interactive signal
flag game where visitors can learn to code and decode ships'
messages. As well, the museum's website will offer a complete
list of events, including new exhibits and workshops, programs
and contacts.

The site launched today is Phase 1 in a two-part process. Phase 2
will comprise further additions and enhancements to the site,
with a completion date of March 2000.

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Contact: Angela Campbell
         Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
         902-424-6446
         E-mail: campbeam@gov.ns.ca

         Gerry Lunn
         Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
         902-424-0612
         E-mail: lunnge@gov.ns.ca




kjd                      October 4, 1999 3:27 p.m.