Acadian Museum of P.E.I.
On view are the permanent exhibition and video The Island Acadians: The Story of a People—celebrating the vitality of the Island’s Acadian and francophone community and its accomplishments in the fields of French education, culture, economy, and community organizations. Acadian genealogy/archives. A Museum and Heritage PEI site. Monday–Friday 9 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–4 pm. Miscouche, Route 2. 902-432-2880
Beaconsfield Historic House
Built in 1877, Beaconsfield was considered one of Charlottetown’s finest homes. With eight fireplaces, imported chandeliers and encaustic tiling, it was also equipped with all the modern conveniences of the time. Today, Beaconsfield Historic House is as an example of Victorian architecture with many original features intact and has a fascinating story to tell. It is open year-round for tours, hosts special events in its Carriage House and has a small giftshop and bookstore on site. During the month of June, Beaconsfield is open for tours Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 1–4 pm. Admission is charged.
Bedeque Area Historical Museum
Bedeque Area Historical Society’s exhibition on the United Empire Loyalist settlers of the area is on view. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–5 pm. William Callbeck Centre, Central Bedeque
Bishop Machine Shop Museum
Step back in time with a visit to the 20th century belt driven Bishop Machine Shop and embrace the smells and sights of a small business once a key player in the industrial life of Summerside. The guided tour explores the journey of several generations of the Bishop family as technology forces them to move from blacksmithing to machine work. Open July 3–September 2, Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm. 101 Water St East, Summerside.
Farmer’s Bank of Rustico Museum and Doucet House
International Fox Museum
Islanders were the first in the world race to succeed in raising and breeding foxes in captivity. It put the province on the map as the birthplace of a new industry. During the heyday it created incredible wealth and opportunity for the colourful characters in the game. The tour is guided and interactive. Open July 3–September 2 Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm or by appointment. 33 Summer St, Summerside. 902-432-1332
MacNaught History Centre and Archives
To discover your Island roots or learn more about Island history, visit MacNaught. The archival staff will assist in the use of the genealogical resources. MacNaught houses a museum and art exhibit space. The pocket watch of John A. MacDonald is one of its treasured artifacts. Open year round Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–4 pm. Call to book a research appointment. 75 Spring St, Summerside. 902-432-1332
Model Shipbuilding Museum
View an extensive collection of model ships, replicas of ships through the ages crafted by many artisans, both known and anonymous. St. Peters Bay.
PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Museum Sites
PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Museum maintains seven sites across PEI which are open to the public. They are Green Park Shipbuilding Museum & Yeo House, Acadian Museum, Eptek Art & Culture Centre, Beaconsfield Historic House, Orwell Corner Historic Village, Basin Head Fisheries Museum and Elmira Railway Museum. For complete information about each site visit the foundation’s website at www.peimuseum.com.
PEI Regiment Museum
PEI’s Footsteps in the Great War covers the history of the Regiment and PEI during the First War. This exhibit talks about the various Regiments that left PEI and the Navy, Air War, First Nations and Home Front. The Regiment Museum has also launched a You Tube video that takes the visitor on a tour of the museum hosted by some of their cadets. You can find this on their website at www.peiregimentmuseum.ca. The PEI Regiment Museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Thursday from 7 to 9 pm at 3 Haviland Street in Charlottetown. CPEI Regiment Museum
St. Andrew’s Chapel Historic Site
The chapel is a reconstruction of the first church built at St. Andrew’s (1805). In 1864 it was hauled to Charlottetown over ice on the Hillsborough River and renovated to become St. Joseph’s Convent School. After being damaged by fire in1987 the surviving walls of the historic structure were returned to St. Andrew’s and used to construct the Chapel. Its builder, Angus Bernard MacEachern, first Bishop of Charlottetown, lies buried in the adjacent crypt. His pioneering work is commemorated by nearby National Historic Sites Monument. 3 km east of Mount Stewart, Rte 2.
Wyatt Historic House Museum
Community Museums Association of PEI
The Community Museums Association of Prince Edward Island contributes to the enhancement, promotion and protection of PEI’s heritage. Primary objectives of the Association are: To promote high standards and increase the level of excellence in the museum community; To facilitate communication and cooperation among members, other heritage organizations and government agencies; To promote a public awareness of the functions of museums to collect, research, exhibit and interpret aspects of the past.
Prince County member museums are: Acadian Museum, Alberton Museum, Alberton Heritage Centre, Basket Weavers, Bedeque and Area Historical Museum, Bideford Parsonage Museum, Canadian Potato Museum, Eptek Art and Culture Centre, Green Park Shipbuilding Museum, International Fox Museum, Keir Memorial Museum, Kensington Memorial Military Museum, Lennox Island Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre, L.M. Montgomery Lower Bedeque Schoolhouse, PEI Shellfish Museum, Tignish Museum, Tryon Museum, West Point Lighthouse, and Wyatt Heritage Properties.
Queens County museums are: Beaconsfield Historic House, Belfast Historical Society’s Church of Scotland, Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum, Doucet House, Farmers' Bank of Rustico, Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace, Orwell Corner Historic Village, Point Prim Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum, School Street House, Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, and Wood Islands Lighthouse.
Kings County museums are: Basin Head Fisheries Museum, Cape Bear Lighthouse, Cardigan River Heritage Centre, East Point Lighthouse, Elmira Railway Museum, Garden of the Gulf Museum, Panmure Island Lighthouse, and Roma at Three Rivers. For info on each museum visit www.museumspei.ca.