Frequently Asked Questions

Why aren’t all of the museums in Nova Scotia represented on NovaMuse?
Participation in NovaMuse is voluntary, and currently part of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums’ (ANSM) Advisory Service. Interested organizations should contact the ANSM office to learn more.

Who decides what objects to contribute?
Contributing institutions decide which records and images can be made available online and are responsible for clearing all copyright and intellectual property rights. Questions about content should be directed to the associated institution.

Why should I create a myNovaMuse account?
Creating an account will let you leave comments and ask questions about records. It will also let you create galleries of your favourite items which you can share with others if you wish. It’s free and easy to do, and we will not sell or share your information with anyone.

Can I ask a question or add information to a record?
Yes! Once you have an account you can sign in and leave a comment on any object’s record. The comments will be moderated by the individual sites and they will respond as soon as possible. Filling out the “Ask the Curator” form allows curators to respond to you directly via email. Keep in mind that many museums are volunteer-run and only open seasonally, so please be patient with them.

Why don’t all of the records have images?
Most museums have a backlog in this area, so it is a work in progress. As items are photographed and/or scanned, the website will be updated.

Can I download images for my own use?
No. All content is the property of the contributing institution. If you wish to obtain a copy of an image you see on NovaMuse, you should contact the institution directly.

What is Made in Nova Scotia?
Made in Nova Scotia is a continually expanding database of Nova Scotian industrial history. Where possible, artifacts are linked to their local manufacturers.