Science is more than just a class you had to take in high school; it's also what the people who taught those classes do in their free time. Enrich yourself with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $5 for one-day admission for two adults (up to an $11.50 value)
- $8 for one-day admission for a family with up to four children (a $16.50 value)
- $8 for a single-person annual pass (a $16.50 value)
- $19 for a family annual pass (a $39 value)
Four permanent exhibitions document Nova Scotia's natural history, covering everything from the history of the Mi'kmaq and Acadians to the area's geology and marine life. Alongside these exhibits, the Museum of Natural History is hosting Illegal Killer Trade through January 13. Poachers and polluters make tremendous amounts of money exploiting endangered species and their habitats, and this exhibit forces visitors to consider the power of their purchasing decisions. After passing through a “customs checkpoint,” guests behold a cornucopia of food products, clothing and accessories, and souvenirs—including some that have been confiscated by Canada's actual border patrol. After learning about the environmental repercussions of these items, they must choose a memento, but choose wisely; the customs officers search each exiting guest with an endangered-species detector.
Museum of Natural History
Surprisingly spry for a 90-year-old, Gus the gopher tortoise greets Museum of Natural History visitors while strolling around the premises and snacking on clover and dandelions. As the museum's mascot for more than six decades, Gus has amassed a substantial following, and he keeps his 1,500+ Facebook friends abreast of the latest goings-on at his home's seven permanent galleries. Unearthed tools, arrowheads, and Tupperware of the Mi'kmaq and Acadian peoples await in the archaeology exhibit, and the pre-contact culture, religion, and language of Nova Scotia come to life in the ethnology hall. Life-sized models of feathered bipeds and four-legged furballs lurk in the mammals-and-birds gallery. Live snakes, frogs, salamanders, and honeybees call Netukulimk home, embodying a Mi'kmaq conception of the relationship between the human and natural worlds.