Know before you go

We are happy to welcome you back to the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre.

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.
  • Our guided tours will offer two guides so that we can ensure that all tour groups are adhering to the public health guidelines of social distancing.
  • Our gift shop protocols are in place to keep our visitors safe. We are using public health guidelines with our staff executing and adhering to these guidelines


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


How your visit will be different

  • All visitors will be provided with a guided tour of our site. This tour will share with you the journey of our ancestors and their contribution to our rich shared history.
  • We recommend calling ahead to book a tour. This will help reduce wait times when you arrive at the museum. Drop-ins are still welcome, but you may have to queue outside or return at a later time if the museum is at capacity.
  • Only fifteen (15) visitors will be permitted in the centre. Tours of the main gallery and site are restricted to a maximum of ten (10) people, made of up to three (3) bubbles.
  • When you arrive at the centre the front doors will be locked. We ask that you queue outside in the marked area. A staff member will greet you and will be directed inside to the reception desk. We are only permitting one (1) person or bubble in the reception area at a time.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance of each building, and we ask that visitors please use it.
  • Restrooms will be limited to one (1) person or bubble at the time.
  • We are limiting the giftshop to one (1) person or bubble at a time. We ask that shoppers follow the directional arrows and refrain from touching the merchandise. Please inquire with staff if you would like to see or purchase anything, they will happily assist you.
  • While we still accept cash, we are strongly encourage visitors to take advantage of our contactless debit/credit payment options.
  • All visitors will be toured through our site by an interpretive guide. Visitors will be asked to stay behind roped off barriers, and refrain from touching our interactive displays for the time being.
  • Visitors can only access the Old Schoolhouse and St. Paul’s Anglican Church by taking a tour.
  • Visitors are asked to stay with their tour guide, and follow the directional arrows and floor markings in the buildings to ensure physical distancing.
  • The walking trail will remain open; however, visitors will not be permitted to enter the Pit House replica. You will still be able to view the replica from the outside.
  • The Shaw Community Compass will be closed to the public until further notice.