Know before you go

We are happy to welcome you back to the Museum of Natural History.  

We’ve been working hard to prepare our sites for your visit, however, Social Distancing isn’t always possible in all of our spaces. Public Health now recommends that all Nova Scotians wear a non-medical mask in situations where distancing is not possible such as in retail spaces, on public transit, or at gatherings. The exceptions are children under two or anyone who has a medical reason for not wearing a mask.If you are able, we strongly recommend wearing a mask when you visit our museum sites.

Safety first 

  • please stay home if you are unwell, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been around someone who is unwell. 
  • everyone visiting the museum should practice social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people - this means you should stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with or who isn’t in your bubble. 
  • please consider use of a non-medical mask or face covering in situations where social distancing (2 metres) cannot be maintained 

 

What we are doing to keep you safe 

The following practices have been put in place to protect you and our staff: 

  • staff are monitoring their personal health, and will stay at home if they are feeling unwell 
  • increased environmental cleaning and ventilation of public spaces and worksites 
  • we have made cleaning part of everyone’s daily duties 
  • increased sanitization/cleaning of museum spaces 
  • enhanced cleaning of interactives, shared equipment, high-touch surfaces 
  • interactives have been removed if enhanced cleaning is not possible 
  • hand sanitizer dispensers or hand washing stations are available at entrances and in common areas 
  • social distancing - keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others  
  • we’ve installed new signage to remind you and staff of safety precautions. 
  • these changes are enforceable under public health orders. 
  • The Museum has been set up as a one way experience. We would ask all visitors to follow this one way route and maintain social distance while in the Museum.
  • There will be increase surface cleaning and restroom cleaning throughout the day.

  

What you can do to keep us safe 

Before your visit please review the following guidelines to ensure you are protecting yourself and others: 

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available 
  • when coughing or sneezing: 
  • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand 
  • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards 
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands 
  • make sure you are up to date on the latest public health guidelines on hygiene
  • stay home if you are unwell, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been around someone who is unwell. 
  • everyone visiting the museum should practice social distancing to reduce their exposure to other people - this means you should stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with or who isn’t in your bubble. 
  • please consider use of a non-medical mask or face covering in situations where social distancing (2 metres) cannot be maintained 

 

How your visit will be different 

  • Visitors will Enter via the backyard and in the Main doors and exit via the Lower level. Please look for directional signs.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the Galleries and as you exit the Galleries
  • Floor signs with social distancing and directions are placed throughout the Galleries. The Museum is set up as a one way experience. Please follow the directional signs and social distancing dots.
  • To assist with social distancing, we have installed physical barriers, such as plexiglass shields for cashiers as well as in interpretive areas.   
  • While we will accept cash, contactless but debit or credit card is prefered. 
  • Our public washrooms will be restricted to one individual or family at a time. 
  • The Museum Gift Shop is currently closed but select items are available. Please ask staff for assistance.
  • We are limiting our use of interactives. We have removed our sandbox and are limiting access to out Gully Ship. While areas may open as we progress there will be a number of Museum favourites that will not be available.
  • Admission includes Egyptian Mummies and Eternal Life. Passes holders pay only $2 for this exhibit
  • No food or beverage in the Museum. Water bottles are permitted.