Know before you go

We are happy to welcome you to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. 

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.
  • 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.
  • people aged 12 and over will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to visit the museum.

Proof of Vaccination

Starting 4 October 2021 – As part of the COVID-19 Protocol for Proof of Full Vaccination for Events and Activities, you need proof that you're fully vaccinated to visit the museum. Proof of vaccination isn't required for children 11 and younger (they can attend events and activities with a fully vaccinated adult). Learn more: what’s considered fully vaccinated.


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 
  • 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
  • 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