Know before you go

We are happy to welcome you back to the Maritime 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.

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 group.
  • masks are mandatory for staff and visitors at all NSM sites in indoor, and some outdoor public spaces. Children under the age of 2 are exempt, as well as children under the age of 4 when their caregiver can’t get them to wear a mask. People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are also exempt.
  • we are pleased to welcome visitors in groups of no more than 10 individuals.
  • we will be collecting visitor information for contact tracing.


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.
  • limiting our visitor numbers and seating in gallery spaces.
  • installed physical barriers (plexiglass shields) at the admissions desk. 
  • water fountains will be closed. Visitors can bring their own water bottles. 
  • elevators are restricted to one person/family unit at a time. 
  • stairwells will be marked for two-way (up-down) traffic. 
  • coat rack will not be available. 
  • washrooms will have proper hygiene protocols posted. Please ensure you wash your hands regularly.  


What you can do to keep us safe 

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

  • stay home if you are unwell, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been around someone who is unwell.
  • wear a non-medical mask or face covering indoors and in situations where social distancing (2 metres) cannot be maintained.
  • make sure you are up to date on the latest public health guidelines on hygiene
  • 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
  • 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 group.
  • please use designated entry and exit doors on the 1675 Lower Water Street entrance and the waterfront entrance (CSS Acadia side from the waterfront boardwalk)
  • keep your family group together when walking through the museum. Please keep your children within reach at all times.  
  • explore the galleries by following a marked one-way route. 
  • we strongly encourage visitors to bring their own strollers and wheelchairs. 
  • there are no re-entry privileges at this time. 


How your visit will be different 

  • Free Tuesday afternoons: 1 pm – 4 pm (limited capacity) 
  • ​tickets will be available for purchase on-site and limited capacity in the museum will be practiced. 
  • most galleries and exhibits will be open; however, no staff-guided programs or tours will be offered. 
  • interactive elements are closed or removed to limit visitor contact in our galleries. 
  • facility rental bookings are currently unavailable. 
  • closed galleries/exhibits to visitors (until further notice):  ​
    • Days of Sail Gallery 
    • Louisbourg/Titanic Theatre 
    • Warehouse Theatre