Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation
Tourism Region: Prince Edward Island
The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation is an integral part of the Island's community. It operates 7 excellent sites, supports educational and publishing programs and offers a wide variety of exhibits and special events to Islanders and visitors.
About the Collections
The Provincial Collection includes a wide range of artifacts which are representative of the human and natural heritage of Prince Edward Island.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: over 85,000
The Museum's archival collection is stored at the Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island.
Architectural Records •
Cartographic Materials •
Prints and Drawings •
Sound Recordings •
Included in the Provincial Collection are examples of both commercial and original art relating to the heritage of Prince Edward Island.
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Musical Instruments •
Textiles or Tapestries
The Museum's fine arts collection includes original works which reflect the heritage of Prince Edward Island.
Contemporary • Historical
Photography • Prints and Drawings • Sculpture • Sketchbooks or Albums
Folk Art • War Art • Religious Art
A large percentage of the Provincial Collection represents the human history of Prince Edward Island.
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Costumes and Accessories
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Marine History and Technology
Medical History and Technology
Military History and Technology
Printing and Bookbinding
Religious or Liturgical Objects
Toys and Games
: Motorized ground
: Non-motorized ground
The Provincial Collection includes some botanical and geological specimens. These are instructional quality.
Plants and Animals (Biological Collections)
Earth Science and Geological Collections
Minerals • Rocks
Services & Activities
Seven branch museums - Elmira Railway Museum, Basin Head Fisheries Museum, Orwell Corner Historic Village, Beaconsfield Historic House, Eptek Art & Culture Centre, Acadien Museum of PEI, Green Park Shipbuilding Museum & Yeo House. exhibitions; lectures; workshops; school activities; publications; tours; and conservation
Archival Records •
Conservation or Restoration •
Genealogical Research •
The Museum has produced travelling exhibits based on various aspects of Prince Island history. Museum personnel visit classrooms to offer some programs, others are available for loan to schools. School tours are welcome and occur regularly at the Museum's various sites.
: Age 0-4 (Pre-School)
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
The Museum's seven sites offer a wide variety of experiences for visitors.
Children's Activities or Services
Information Centre or Desk
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 60
Activities: community boards/museum board/collection work/ site work
free admission/ giftshop discount/newsletter/magazine/event invitations
Food services offered only at Basin Head Fisheries Museum. Green Park Shipbuilding Museum offers a picnic area in the grounds. Special events at all sites include refreshments.
Snack Bar or Vending Machines •
Other: Almost all of the sites offer somewhere outdoors on their grounds where individuals or families may spread a blanket and picnic.
Local Tourism Links
The Museum is pleased to offer conservation services to the public.
Publications and Products
The Museum's publications include: The Island Magazine, books and a newsletter.
Annual Reports •
T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps
Other: All of the sites carry The Island Magazine, which has published for over 30 years.
2 Kent Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Hours of Operation
Three of the Museum's 7 sites, Beaconsfield, Eptek Art & Culture Centre and the Acadian Museum are open year round. The remaining sites, Basin Head Fisheries Museum, Green Park Shipbuilding Museum, Orwell Corner Historic Village and Elmira Railway Museum are seasonal.
Open: Summer hours:
Beaconsfield: September to June Hours May Vary - Please Call Ahead
Green Park: daily 9:30am - 5:30pm;
Acadian Museum: Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays: 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Eptek: July & August - Monday - Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm;
Sunday - Noon to 5:00pm
September - Monday - Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm; Sunday - 12 noon to 4:00pm
Orwell Corner: - May to October, Call for Hours
Basin Head: Summers, June to late September, daily 9-5
Elmira: Summers June to late September 9 - 5 Daily
Green Park: Adult: $5, Student: $3.50, Family: $13.50
Beaconsfield: Adult: $4.25, Student: $3.25, Family: $11.75
Acadian Museum: Adult: $4.50, Student: $3.50, Family: $12.50
Eptek: by donation
Orwell Corner: Adult: $7.50, Student: $5, Family: $20
Basin Head: Adult: $4, Student: $3.50, Family: $11.50
Elmira: Adult $4.00, Students $3.00, Family $11.00 with group rates available, Miniature Train Ride - Adult $5, student $3.50, Family $13.50