Learning about science in a museum is safer than experiencing it first-hand by accidentally ingesting a science textbook. Embrace science with today's Groupon to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. Choose one of two options:
- For $8, you get a single annual pass (a $16.50 value).
- For $19, you get an annual family pass (a $39 value).
The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History is dedicated to presenting and preserving the province's patrimony of flora and fauna through education and exploration. Visitors can check out the museum's collections and permanent galleries, where the unstinting gaze of science casts its light on the range of Nova Scotian life forms, from exhibits such as The Abyss: Life in the Deep Sea, on view until September, to the Mi'kmaq artifacts and archaeology. Overcome a preternatural fear of teamwork by observing a confederated colony of live bees, housed in an indoor acrylic hive. Visitors can also take flight at the Butterfly House, or channel a wild side suppressed by years of basement hypnosis at the museum's Nature Centre, home to all manner of Nova Scotian creatures, including Gus, the delightful 88-year-old tortoise who serves as the museum's mascot.
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.