If you love freebies and enjoy visiting museums, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can combine those two pursuits this summer in Nova Scotia. Or, if you’re not someone who ordinarily seeks out educational exhibits and historical sites, this will be a great opportunity to check them out and see what you’re missing.
NS Provincial Museums free this summer
As part of the Nova Scotia government’s recently announced campaign to boost tourism, admission to the 28 sites in the NS museum system along with the two Art Gallery of Nova Scotia sites will be free to visitors during the months of July and August of 2021. This an excellent bit of news as we proceed through the phased reopening after the Covid surge of the last few months.
Note that this applies only to provincial museums. Private museums or federally funded ones such as the Pier 21 Museum of Immigration or National Historic Sites like the Alexander Graham Bell museum and the Fortress of Louisbourg will not be free under this promotion.
No Travel Rebate?
The NS government decided not to introduce an incentive program like what’s being offered in New Brunswick (for Atlantic Canadians). Instead, funding will be distributed through a variety of initiatives as outlined in the press release. It will be up to the individual businesses to come out with deals and promotions to entice prospective tourists.
Free admission to museums is a terrific move by the province and I expect quite a few folks will take the opportunity to visit some nearby. Whether many people will plan an overnight stay around going to museums is less certain. I know I will likely just pop in to the ones close to home. In my opinion, the New Brunswick travel incentive still seems a little more appealing, but we will have to see what other promotions appear around Nova Scotia as we get into summer.