Know before you go

We are happy to welcome you back to Prescott House Museum.

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 from others  
  • we’ve installed new signage to remind you and staff of safety precautions. 
  • these changes are enforceable under public health orders.
  • a hand sanitizer station is available at the museum entrance. Visitors are encouraged to use when entering the museum. 


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 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.
  • face masks and nitrile gloves are provided to visitors at museum entrance, glove use is optional.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are available to our guests on each floor.  


How your visit will be different 

  • To ensure social distancing is possible within the museum, a maximum of 5 visitors of the same household or family bubble will enter the house at one time. There may be a wait time for you to enter the museum. 
  • You can enter the museum through the door into the sunporch (we will have it clearly marked) where you will be greeted by an interpreter who will take your admission
  • admissions can be paid with Debit or Credit (We have Tap for touchless payment)
  • You will receive a self-guided tour and staff will be available to answer any questions you might have.
  • The route through the house will be marked to take you through the house.
  • After exploring the house, you will exit through the front door to continue your exploration of the grounds and gardens
  • One last thing you can do to help us during this time of Covid-19, is to follow the “Please Do Not Touch” principle.  Many of our artifacts would not be able to withstand the harsh cleaners or constant cleaning needed to prevent spread of Covid-19.  If you wish to see something specific, please ask the Interpreters and we would be happy to don our gloves and masks and show it to you!