Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Temporary closure update - Dec. 10, 2020:

Dear friends, visitors, guests, supporters and fans of Ross Farm Museum. While we are hopeful that the Covid-19 case-load in the province will continue to follow a downward trend, at present Ross Farm Museum will remain closed to visitors until further notice.

For the safety of the community, of staff, and of Nova Scotians, we are supporting the “stay the blazes home” movement during this second spike.  I am really impressed by how well Nova Scotians are managing the second spike and we are all glad to see the numbers drop.  Once we get back down to consistently negligible numbers we will evaluate re-opening.

I appreciate that there is a great deal of Covid fatigue, and it is very disappointing to have to exercise this degree of self control just before the holidays. That said, I have been moved by the memes running around that say “the reason we stay home is so that when we get back together we are all still here”. So far, Nova Scotia is an example of this working. We want to make sure that all of you are still here when we can re-open.  The thought of that is a merry one indeed!  Happiest of Holidays to you all. See you in 2021!!!!

 

Pete Cullen

Director, Ross Farm Museum

 

Dear friends, patrons and partners of Ross Farm Museum. As of today, Thursday 26 November, 2020 Ross Farm Museum is closed to the general public for visitation. We will evaluate re-opening by booking only on December 10. Reopening will depend on the Public Health Authority’s estimation of Covid 19 risk levels in the province.

This is the unfortunate reality we live with this year, but Ross Farm Museum’s Board of Trustees, Management and Staff feel that closure is the best way to protect the safety of our visitors, staff and partners until Covid risk demonstrably drops. This is not the time to take risks.

Following safety protocols in the workplace, we are continuing to improve the farm site and make sure that we are ready to offer the fun, safe, interesting experience that you expect from us when we can open again.

Thanks to much appreciated Provincial and Federal funding, staff have been working very hard all year to upgrade our buildings and add to our overall infrastructural capacity. As well, our interpretive staff have been working hard to work within our Covid restrictions to offer the best possible experience to our visitors. We can’t wait to open up again and, as with us all, to open up fully in a post-Covid world. We have hosted over 1500 visitors and guests since opening on August 7th and I would like to thank you all for taking the time to come and share a bit of history, nature and farming with us. We are proud to serve you and proud to represent the history of Nova Scotian agriculture!

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Management and the Staff of Ross Farm Museum, I ask that each one of us pay close attention to the Public Health Authority’s mandates for Covid safety so that when we can open up again Nova Scotians are all happy and healthy and can get back to sharing our knowledge, interests and friendship in our museums.

Until then, stay safe, be kind, and I look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible!

Pete Cullen
Executive Director
Ross Farm Museum