March 15 to 19, 2021
We are happy to welcome you back to the Nova Scotia Museum. We continue working to create a safe experience for you and our staff. Please note that public health guidelines will continue to be followed at our sites, wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in our indoor spaces. Check out our “Know before you go” guides on each museum website to help prepare you for your visit.
Celebrated the third Monday in February, Nova Scotia Heritage Day is an annual reminder of our storied past and an opportunity to honour the remarkable people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s unique heritage.
Nova Scotia Heritage Day Honouree 2021 is Edward Francis Arab (1915-1944)
Yarmouth County Museum and Archives — no. 1993:67/4.235
Given the continued spread of COVID-19 and based on public health officials’ guidance some sites have temporarily closed:
Nov. 20, 2020
We asked the Curator of Palaeontology at the Joggins Fossil Institute, Melissa Grey, Ph.D., and the Director/Curator of the Fundy Geological Museum, Danielle Serratos, M.S. to answer a few questions about the museums they work in and why those institutions are so important to Nova Scotia and the world.
I’ve always regarded RMS Aquitania as the greatest ocean liner ever built for the North Atlantic Ocean. There are a number of reasons for this and I hope that this brief history of this remarkable ship will give you an appreciation of what made her so special.
Guano was essentially seabird or bat excrement that was gathered for use as fertilizer. The word comes from the Andean indigenous language Quechua, and refers to any form of dung used as agricultural fertilizer. There's evidence that the Andes people had gathered guano for centuries.
The oilskins in our Robertson Store ship chandlery have been an important item of our collection since the museum opened. They represent over 300 years of proud seafaring tradition in Nova Scotia and are a good reminder of our roots.
First class lounge panel from RMS Titanic, M2004.50.108
James Augustus Farquhar’s story carries through several galleries in our museum. His memorial statue stands between our Days of Sail and Age of Steam galleries, but his story does not begin there.
By Regan Maloney
I drive a 2006 Saturn Ion. One museum visitor this past summer exclaimed in the parking lot that it was, “the first fossil that they would see today”. The Saturn Ion went out of production in 2007 so they are becoming a rare sight on the roads. It’s my personal living fossil.
For this edition of Fundy Field Notes, we asked seasonal frontline staff member Krista Klassen to write a contribution. Krista and her family relocated from the Yukon to Parrsboro last Spring. She has noticed so many wonderful things about Parrsboro that we often take for granted so we wanted to give her the opportunity to share what brought her here.
This summer we baked together. Please enjoy all of our Nova Scotia Museum summer recipes in one place. Remember you can always share your bake #NovaScotiaFamilyCookBook
Week 1 - Uniacke Estate Museum Park - Lucy bread
4 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of milk
1 cup of butter
1 tsp baking soda
And a little spice
Nova Scotia Museum sites are pleased to act as community distribution centres for washable, reusable, non-medical masks.
If you can, please purchase your own mask for use in indoor spaces. However, if you are not able to purchase a mask, 24 Nova Scotia Museum sites will have a limited supply available. Masks are available in both adult and youth sizes, and are adjustable. Each person can request up to two masks for each member of their immediate family.
During the summer, Museum staff are busy with field work and responding to public inquiries about potential fossil finds.
“We had a feast of strawberries, the first I have seen.”
Mary Ann Norris, June 27, 1821
The Nova Scotia Museum is pleased to welcome you back to our sites!
Since closing our museums in March, we have been working hard to find ways to connect with our visitors and share Nova Scotia’s remarkable natural and cultural heritage. We are excited to welcome visitors back to some of our museums.