Know before you go

Museum Closure | Wednesday, November 25

In accordance with new Public Health guidelines for the HRM area, the Museum of Natural History will be temporarily closed as of 4pm Wednesday, November 25th. The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top priority. We will continue to follow the recommendations of our public health officials, and look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe to do so.

 

Groups

In accordance with new COVID-19 guidelines for HRM, the Museum of Natural History is pleased to welcome visitors in groups of no more than 5 individuals.

Please note, guest capacity at the Museum of Natural History is 100 visitors.

Mandatory Masks

As of July 31, 2020, wearing a non-medical mask is now mandatory in most indoor spaces, including the Museum of Natural History. Children under two are exempt, as are children aged two to four when their parent or caregiver cannot get them to wear a mask.

We ask that you be prepared and bring a mask with you when you are visiting our museums.

Safety first 

 

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. 
  • wearing a non-medical mask is now mandatory in most indoor spaces, including the Museum of Natural History

 

How your visit will be different 

  • Our public washrooms will be restricted to one individual or family at a time. 
  • The Museum Gift Shop is now open, it is limited to one person or one family group at a time
  • 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.