Getting Oriented
Welcome to NovaMuse! This website lets you explore the collections of fifty museums from across Nova Scotia. You can browse through objects to see what there is to find, or search to see specific records. Return to the home page at any time by clicking on the NovaMuse logo in the top left corner.

You can see all the collections found on NovaMuse by clicking Browse in the Explore menu.

Perform a basic search of the collections on NovaMuse by using the search bar. The search bar appears by clicking the magnifying glass in the top right corner of every page, and is also in the centre of the homepage. A search in this box will look through every field in an object’s record. Once you perform a search, you will be able to choose whether you want to see results from Objects, People & Organizations, or Made in Nova Scotia records.

You can search in specific fields by using the Advanced Search function, found under the Explore menu. If you wanted to see all objects related to a specific military regiment, for example, you could type the regiment’s name into the Military Unit field. Learn more by hovering over the name of each field.

You can change the way you view your results by using the icons on the right side of the blue bar on the results screen. The timeline will order objects by the date they were created. 

Filters let you make your search more specific by narrowing down your results. You can add filters by selecting them from the column on the right-hand side of your screen. Applied filters will appear in a row at the top of your search results. To remove a filter, simply click the “X” next to the filter’s name.

This is your chance to get involved! Registered users can create Galleries of artifacts. These Galleries can be kept to yourself, or published to the site so that others can enjoy them.

Once you are registered, we encourage you to comment on object records. Share your stories and expertise about that artifact or ones like it. Correct errors you see. Help us enrich our history by telling us what you know.

If you want to send a private message about a record, use the “Ask a Curator” form found under the object’s image. The museum’s curator will be in touch via email.