May 22, 2020

By Regan Maloney Catbird nest from Bon Portage Island, Nova Scotia

May 13, 2020

Natural History Museums are famous for their displays and dioramas. Dioramas are displays that recreate a scene with plants, animals and a painted background. The scene could be of dinosaurs from millions of years ago or of a forest with trees, deer and birds. 

May 12, 2020

By Richard MacMichael, Coordinator of Visitor Services and Interpretive Programming - Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 

May 8, 2020

#ThoughtsOnRocks by Marlee Leslie

May 2, 2020

By Danielle Serratos on May 2, 2020 

Here’s a test- Which of the three rocks in the picture above is a fossil? Got it picked out? Alright, moving on… 

April 29, 2020
Collection of rocks and minerals

Museums collect specimens and objects that capture a moment in time. They are preserved and kept safe for study now and into the future. Something collected today may be the key to an important discovery tomorrow or many years from now.  

April 25, 2020

By Regan Maloney April 23, 2020

One of the most common questions we get on our guided tours to the Wasson Bluff fossil research site is, how do we know the age of the rocks?

The age of a rock can be determined using two methods: relative dating and radiometric dating. Question answered. I’m sure you found that brief answer satisfying. No? I guess I will elaborate…

April 18, 2020
Graphic - boy or girl?

Determining the sex of a fossil 

By Danielle Serratos on April 18, 2020 

March 25, 2020
Leaf impression in cement surrounded by recent leaves


PLEASE NOTE: At this time, people should stay within their neighbourhood and observe the Province’s minimum recommended social distancing from other people of two meters or six feet. For the latest information about the pandemic and public health recommendations, please see the Government website about Coronavirus



December 16, 2019
Diorama of Silurian sea showing nautiloid and crinoid stems


Guest Article By Alexandra Bonham.

October 10, 2019
Drawings of blind showing vantage points

As a special event of the 2019 Big Draw Festival - Dr. John Kennedy from the University of Toronto gave the Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS) Public Lecture on October 7, 2019. Dr. Kennedy spoke about “Drawing of the Blind and Sighted”, summarizing his research on a theory of drawing and development.

September 26, 2019
Big Draw Exhibit with Quote

The Nova Scotia Museum is a participating sponsor of the 2019 Big Draw, an international festival devoted to promoting the value of drawing for creativity and wellness. A new exhibit Drawn to Life: Understanding The World Through Drawing is on display until November 3rd at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax.

August 30, 2019
Delegates from 1883 Exhibition on Boat at Cliveden

Today, we celebrate a series of historic photographs that were taken at the International Fisheries Exhibition in London on August 31, 1883.

August 1, 2019

We are in the last few days of the excavation project now. The crew focuses on the final recording of Operation F.


Wesley shoots numerous images of the midden feature for a photogrammetry model. The red hue is from the canopy above.


July 30, 2019
females – Black Legged Tick, Groundhog tick and Dog tick.

As of July 31st, 2019, the Nova Scotia Museum will no longer be accepting Tick Enquiries. To address concerns about ticks, we have assembled a few resources:

July 29, 2019
Courtney returned this year to work once more in the midden feature.

Courtney returned this year to work once more in the midden feature. What awaits??


We are near the end of our field project. A time for final thoughts and notes for Liz.


July 24, 2019
Its our last week on site so lots of final mapping and recording. John prepares a soil profile drawing at Operation H.

Its our last week on site so lots of final mapping and recording. John prepares a soil profile drawing at Operation H.


Vanessa and and Liz prepare to do a planview of the Operation J unit using a helpful mapping grid tool.


July 22, 2019
Heather of AFN joined us again this year. Today she is working in an area where we uncovered a new stone wall.

Heather of AFN joined us again this year. Today she is working in an area where we uncovered a new stone wall.


The excavation Operation J 9, 10 and 11 is nearly complete. We have a defined stone wall with a builders trench. 



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