Know before you go

We are happy to welcome you back to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. 

We’ve been working hard to prepare our sites for your visit, however, Social Distancing isn’t always possible in all of our spaces. 

As of July 31, 2020, wearing a non-medical mask is now mandatory in most indoor spaces, including Nova Scotia Museums. 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 (6 feet) from others  
  • we’ve installed new signage to remind you and staff of safety precautions.
  • staff are wearing face coverings
  • markers have been placed on site to assist in maintaining social distancing (2 metres/6 feet)
  • separate entrances have been set up for the Museum, gift shop and restaurant patio
  • washrooms are limited to one person or one family group at a time
  • our elevator is limited to one person or one family group at a time
  • maximum 5 people in the Gift Shop at one time
  • maximum 5 people at Museum Admissions at one time


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 (6 feet) 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 Nova Scotia Museums
  • Online booking is provided so you can plan and lessen the need for line ups
  • Our parking lot will be taking debit or credit payment to lessen cash & equipment handling for you
  • Payments will be by debit and credit
  • Wharf area will be closed to the general public in the guided tour area so you can enjoy your tour safely with our wonderful interpreters
  • Vessels are closed
  • The museum is open on the first floor only
  • Our programming has changed and some of the activities that you usually love, such as the touch tank and the model schooner launch, are not going to happen out of consideration for your safety.