Know Before You Go

We are very happy to welcome you back to Ross Farm Museum! There are a few things you must know before you book your visit.

We’ve been working hard to prepare our sites for your visit. However, Social Distancing must be maintained in all of our spaces. Public Health now recommends that all Nova Scotians wear a non-medical mask in situations where distancing is not possible such as in retail spaces, on public transit, or at gatherings. The exceptions are children under two or anyone who has a medical reason for not wearing a mask. If you are able, we strongly recommend wearing a mask when you visit our museum sites.

Ross Farm is open to the public by booking only. Time slots available for visitation are 9:30-12:00 AM and 2:00-4:30 PM Wednesday to Sunday. Ross Farm Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday each week. Ross Farm Museum will be closed to the public between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00 for site sanitization. Visitors will be asked to leave the premises during this sanitization period.

Ross Farm Museum is currently accepting a maximum number of 20 individuals booked online for visitation in each of the time-slots. This number will increase as Covid-19 is brought under control by the Public Health Authority. Ross Farm Museum strictly adheres to the directives of the Public Health Authority.

 

Safety first 

  • please 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 is required to 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. There will be 6ft markers inside buildings to indicate safe distances.
  • The Public Health Authority requires use of a non-medical mask or face-covering in public access places. Under this directive, non-medical masks are required in all public access indoor spaces while visiting Ross Farm Museum. Medical reasons only may constitute exceptional cases regarding the enforcement of this Public Health Authority directive – as outlined by the Public Health Authority itself.
  • Visitors will not be tested, nor temperatures take at the door. Ross Farm Museum reserves the right to turn away visitors who appear to be in compromised physical condition and will offer rescheduling assistance or admissions refund in such cases. 

 

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 general environmental cleaning and ventilation of public spaces and worksites.
  • we have made cleaning part of everyone’s daily station duties. 
  • increased sanitization/cleaning of museum spaces – twice daily.
  • regular sanitization of interactives, shared equipment, high-touch surfaces. 
  • interactives have been removed if enhanced cleaning is not possible. 
  • hand sanitizer dispensers or handwashing stations are available at entrances and in common areas. 
  • social distancing - keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others. This is marked in buildings.
  • we’ve installed new signage to remind you and staff of safety precautions. 
  • Ross Farm Museum monitors the directives of the Public Health Authority and the Covid-19 situation in the province and will adapt its policies accordingly to protect public health.  Any changes to our status will be communicated to the public via our website and social media pages.
  • these changes are enforceable under public health orders.

 

What you can do to keep us all safe 

Before your visit please review the following guidelines to ensure you are protecting yourself and others: 

  • stay home if you are unwell, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if you have been around someone who is unwell, or if you have been around someone who is required to quarantine.
  • 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. If warm water is not available, wash for 45 seconds under cold water.
  • 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 wastebasket and wash your hands afterward. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Non-medical masks are required by the provincial Public Health Directive for entry into public access buildings at the museum. These masks do not have to be worn in outdoor spaces.
  • please follow signage pertaining to building occupancy, directional arrows, and physical distancing.
  • do not touch fences, animals, and any structure not specifically designed to assist your access to the buildings (hand-railings, for example).  Fences will not be sanitized. Hand railings and door jambs in buildings will be sanitized twice daily.
  • do not breach or go around any ropes or other physical barriers, nor allow children to do so. These are in place for the protection of public health and must be respected.

 

How your visit will be different

  • an on-line reservation system is available on our website to book your day and time of visit.
  • while we will accept cash, contactless debit or credit card is preferred.
  • social distancing will limit the numbers of non-bubbled people allowed in each building at any one time.
  • hand sanitizer will be available at admissions, in some of the period buildings, and in public washrooms.
  • one soap and water hand washing station will be available in the cottage area. Another near the cooperage.
  • signs with social distancing and/or directions are in place in the visitor centre and some period buildings.
  • our gift shop will be closed to browsing, but items will be visible and may be purchased. Staff will be on hand to assist you with your purchase. An online shop is under construction and when ready will be accessible from our website
  • physical barriers and ropes have been installed on the admission/gift shop desk, and some rooms and buildings to ensure physical distancing and to limit touch of artifacts and shared spaces.
  • the animal barn is closed, but you are able to look inside.
  • the farm program will feature our working field animals, pastured sheep and chickens, and gardens.
  • there will be no wagon or sleigh rides until Covid is resolved.
  • food will not be served in the cottage or in outside areas until Covid is resolved.
  • demonstration activities will occur most days and interpretive staff will explain their demonstrations to visitors. Close interaction with interpretive staff is not permitted due to social distancing.

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Ross Farm Museum Visitation Agreement

This Visitation Agreement (this "Agreement") is a binding contract between you ("Customer", "you", “yourself” or "your") and New Ross District Museum Society (operating under the name Ross Farm Museum) ("Ross Farm Museum", "we", or "us"). This Agreement governs your access to and visit at the Ross Farm Museum. Please read it carefully and consider getting independent legal advice before agreeing to these terms and conditions.

THIS AGREEMENT TAKES EFFECT WHEN YOU CLICK THE "I AGREE" BUTTON DURING THE BOOKING PROCESS OR SIGNING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR BOOKING A VISIT TO ROSS FARM MUSEUM FORM OR BY ATTENDING THE ROSS FARM MUSEUM (THE "EFFECTIVE DATE"). BY CLICKING ON THE "I AGREE" OR SIGNING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR BOOKING A VISIT TO ROSS FARM MUSEUM FORM OR BY ATTENDING THE ROSS FARM MUSEUM YOU (A) ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS AGREEMENT; (B) REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT, POWER, AND AUTHORITY TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT AND, IF ENTERING INTO THIS AGREEMENT FOR YOURSELF OR AS A GUARDIAN, THAT YOU HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO BIND YOURSELF OR THE MINOR AS THEIR GUARDIAN; AND (C) ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT AND AGREE THAT YOU AND/OR THE MINOR ARE LEGALLY BOUND BY ITS TERMS.

 
IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THESE TERMS, YOU MAY NOT ATTEND A VISITATION AT THE ROSS FARM MUSEUM.

Assumption of Risks

While Ross Farm Museum, its staff, managers, directors, officers and other employees and agents (the “Releasees”) have taken precautions to ensure the safety of all participants in the touring and farming activity you are choosing to take part in (the “Activity”), accidents can happen and there are many risks inherent in the Activity and the environment in which it is run. You understand and acknowledge that the Activity involves many risks, dangers, and hazards, including but not limited to animal-acquired infections and related hazards, animal attacks, hazardous equipment and machinery, heat related illness, repetitive motions causing musculoskeletal injury, inclement weather, falls from slippery surfaces, other accidents that may result in serious personal injury, death or damage to property, whether arising from events beyond anyone’s reasonable control or from the participants themselves or the negligence of the Releasees, and you willingly and knowingly accept and assume all of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the Activity.

 
To help ensure the safety of everyone involved in the Activity, the Releasees may provide policies, procedures, and directions in preparation for and during the Activity. You agree that you will do your part to comply with such policies, procedures, directions and conduct yourself in a way that helps ensure, and does not endanger, the safety of the Releasees and everyone participating in the Activity.

 
Waiver & Release of Liability

You, for yourself, your heirs, next of kin, executors, personal representatives, administrators, successors and assigns, do hereby waive, release and forever discharge the Releasees of and from any and all liability, claims, costs, demands, losses, damages, expense or injury, however caused, arising from your participation in the Activity, even if contributed to or occasioned by the negligent acts or omissions of any of the Releasees.

Indemnity

You agree to hold and save harmless and indemnify the Releasees from and against any and all liability, claims, costs, demands, losses, damages, expense or injury, however caused, arising from your participation in the Activity or arising from your breach of this Agreement, even if contributed to or occasioned by the negligent acts or omissions of any of the Releasees.
If any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of it will nevertheless be effective and binding on the parties. This agreement and its application or interpretation will be governed exclusively by the laws of the Province of Nova Scotia and the laws of Canada as applicable. You irrevocably attorn to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Province of Nova Scotia.

You acknowledge having read, understood and voluntarily agreed to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. You acknowledge that no oral statements or inducements have been made by any of the Releasees in respect of your participation or in respect of the signing of this Agreement, and that you have had the opportunity to ask or inquire about the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the Activity. You further acknowledge that you are waiving certain legal rights and have had time to review this Agreement and consult with a lawyer before signing or participating in the Activity. 

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Please use your time at Ross Farm Museum to your best advantage. Any single individual may find that their time inside buildings is limited, but there are many activities to see! We invite you to explore the grounds, all of the buildings, and engage with staff about how life in on a 19th-century farm worked!

The Terms and Conditions for admissions booking document can be found here. It is expected that you review that document before booking your visit to Ross Farm Museum.

We are committed to keeping you informed.

Please join our social media channels where we continue to share updates and stories. If you have questions about specific events, please contact us directly at 902-689-2210 or rossfarm@novascotia.ca

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For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and Nova Scotia’s response, visit http://novascotia.ca/coronavirus