Nova Scotians and people around the world can experience part of the province’s expansive museum collection online, from Jurassic-aged fossils to Mi’kmaq moose hair embroidery.
Nova Scotia Made, Nova Scotia Used, Nova Scotia Found is a virtual exhibit showcasing images and information about 100 unique artifacts and specimens that reflect the diversity of the province’s culture and heritage.
“The Nova Scotia Museum’s curators and collections and research staff put together an impressive selection of items that tell the diverse stories of our past,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “The artifacts and specimens resonate with people and remind us of what life used to be like in the province.”
The high-quality photography shines a spotlight on each item’s beauty and complexity. The zoomify feature allows viewers to spin objects 360 degrees, to view them from any angle.
The featured objects represent seven of the Nova Scotia Museum’s curatorial disciplines – botany, geology, zoology, archaeology, ethnology, history and marine history. The backstory and curatorial notes for each object are included to provide insight about their significance.
“The virtual exhibit is an important step in making the Nova Scotia Museum collection more accessible to the public,” said Lisa Bower, assistant curator, history collection. “We hope the sampling of artifacts and their stories fosters engagement with our visitors and inspires interest in the province’s collective heritage.”
The virtual exhibit is available at https://museum.novascotia.ca/collections-research/virtual-exhibit .
The Nova Scotia Museum has 27 sites from one end of the province to the other. Established in 1868, it is one of the oldest museum systems in Canada. The museum is committed to public education, community partnerships and showcasing Nova Scotia’s rich history to residents, and visitors from around the world.