the Université de Moncton was not founded until 1963, the Musée
acadien celebrated its centenary in 1986. In fact, it is difficult
to say exactly when the museum came into being. Supposedly it was
in 1886, if not before. The first museum, set up by Father Camille
Lefebvre, was located at St. Joseph’s College at Memramcook in New
Brunswick. The College itself had been founded in 1864, the first
Today the Musée acadien's collection contains more than 35,000
objects and photographs covering every aspect of Acadian life.
The mandate of the museum is to collect, research, conserve and
display objects relating to the history and material culture of
Acadians. Furthermore, the museum represents the Acadian people
as a whole, though admittedly most of the collection pertains
to the Acadians of south- eastern New Brunswick.
The collection contains objects relating to most of the trades
and occupations practised by Acadians in earlier times: objects
connected with fishing, agriculture and weaving clothes, and tools
for carpenters, blacksmiths, cobblers, even craftsmen. The collection
is not restricted to a specific time period; this means that the
museum will continue to acquire contemporary objects with a certain
historical significance (numerous objects relating to the 1994
Acadian World Congress, for example). Persons wishing to find
out about the history or traditional life of Acadia will find
a warm welcome at the Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton.
Most of the collection is not on view, but is always available
to persons wishing to do research at the museum. The permanent
exhibition gives visitors a general overview of Acadian history
through a range of objects exhibited in a series of different
thematic areas. Apart from the permanent exhibition, the museum
has a temporary exhibition hall to house travelling exhibitions
from other museums, or temporary exhibits set up with objects
from its own collection.
This hall allows the museum to display its collection to the public