Metro Museums Offer Unique Experiences Over Holidays

first_img Information is also available on the website at . Looking for a unique experience over the holidays for yourfamily? Why not try your hand at making a Carrick bend rope mat?Or perhaps you’d prefer to view recently acquired artifacts andspecimens, take a shipwreck quiz or design a futuristic plasticmodel spaceship. All these opportunities and more are available at the two metroarea Nova Scotia Museum sites. The Maritime Museum of theAtlantic, on Lower Water Street, and the Museum ofNatural History, on Summer Street, will be open most days overthe holidays. At the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, visitors have theopportunity to make their own Turk’s Head or Carrick Bend ropemats — the same kind of mats that have been used aboard shipsfor centuries. Visitors can also try to make a Monkey’s Fist knotor help with some net-making. An interactive computer kiosk, called On the Rocks, also allowspeople to explore Nova Scotia’s coastline for shipwrecks or takea shipwreck quiz. Twenty historic ship portraits and the Familiesat Sea display in the Masters of the Sea Exhibit are alsoavailable. At the Museum of Natural History, Building Our Collection,Preserving Our Heritage is a new temporary exhibition showcasingthe portrait of Susanna Francklin, by John Singleton Copley. Every Saturday and Sunday participants can enjoy bug cooking,gallery tours and talks, and walks with Gus, the museum’sresident 82-year-old gopher tortoise. There are also twoworkshops for kids: Using your Microscope, on Tuesday, Dec. 28,and Kit Bashing and Model Making on Thursday, Dec 30. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of NaturalHistory will be open regular hours with the exception of thefollowing dates: — Dec 24 – closed in the afternoon– Dec. 25 – closed– Dec. 26 – closed– Dec. 27 – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Museum of Natural History) 9:30a.m. – 5 p.m. (Maritime Museum of the Atlantic)– Jan. 1 – closed For more information or to register for workshops call: The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic 902-424-7490 The Museum of Natural History 902-424-7353last_img read more