News release

Some Nova Scotia Museums to Reopen July 1

Some provincial museum sites will reopen on Wednesday, July 1, with new measures in place to ensure people can safely enjoy their visits.

“Our museums provide unique learning experiences, showcasing past events and ways of life that have shaped our communities and the world today,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Safety is our number one priority and precautions have been put in place to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors. Although your next visit may look different, we are excited to welcome people back to our museums.”

Nova Scotia Museum sites reopening on July 1 are:

  • Museum of Natural History, Halifax
  • Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax
  • Museum of Industry, Stellarton
  • Prescott House Museum, Port Williams, Kings Co.
  • Balmoral Grist Mill, Tatamagouche
  • Sutherland Steam Mill, Tatamagouche
  • Lawrence House Museum, Maitland, Hants Co.
  • Haliburton House Museum, Windsor
  • Uniacke Estate Museum, Mount Uniacke
  • Old Meeting House, Barrington, Shelburne Co.
  • Barrington Woolen Mill, Barrington, Shelburne Co.
  • Dory Shop Museum, Shelburne
  • Ross Thomson House, Shelburne

Many other museum sites across the province will open later in July. Information will be posted on their websites.

The Museum of Natural History has extended the exhibit Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life until Nov. 8. It features more than 100 exceptional original artifacts, including mummies, painted sarcophagi, funeral trousseau and objects that evoke the mythical, mysterious landscape of the tombs and pyramids of ancient Egypt.

Visitors to museums will be required to practise physical distancing and follow the site-specific guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all.

Quick Facts:

  • visitors are encouraged to visit each museum’s Know Before You Go section on their websites before arrival to see each site’s guidelines
  • the Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life exhibit made its North American debut at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax on Feb. 22
  • the extension of Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life was made possible in consultation with tour organizer Contemporanea Progetti, Florence, Italy and with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze
  • the Nova Scotia Museum, which consists of 28 museum sites across the province, is responsible for the provincial collection of over one million artifacts and specimens

Additional Resources:

Provincial Government Public Health Website: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus

Nova Scotia Museum Website: https://museum.novascotia.ca/

Access to all museum information: https://museum.novascotia.ca/our-museums

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