The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation is an integral part of the Prince Edward Island community. We operate seven provincial museums and heritage sites across Prince Edward Island, providing Islanders and visitors alike with an opportunity to discover our province's heritage and culture.
Provincial Museum and Heritage Sites
Elmira Railway Museum (open June to September)
Basin Head Fisheries Museum (open June to September)
Orwell Corner Historic Village and Agricultural Heritage Museum (open June to September)
Beaconsfield Historic House (open year-round)
Eptek Art & Culture Centre (open year-round)
The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island (open year-round)
Green Park Shipbuilding Museum & Yeo House (open June to September)
Beyond administering these sites, the Foundation is responsible for the provincial collection of more than 100,000 artifacts. Our staff provide professional conservation and collection services to outside groups, individuals and organizations. Twice a year, the Foundation publishes its official journal of PEI heritage and culture: The Island Magazine.
The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation is a provincial crown corporation (schedule B) governed by a board of governors as outlined in the Museum Act. The board of governors is appointed through Engage PEI and the minister responsible is the Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture.
To help Islanders play an active and informed role in shaping their world by encouraging an understanding and appreciation of Prince Edwards Island's cultural and natural heritage.
To preserve the heritage of Prince Edward Island for present and future generations. As Prince Edward Island's provincial museum, the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation is the principal repository and steward of evidence that documents or represents the cultural and natural history of our province and its people.
Our Mandate and Goal
The purpose of the Museum shall be to study, collect, preserve, interpret and protect the human and natural history of Prince Edward Island for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of the province (Museum Act 1983, c.34, s.4.)
To acquire and share knowledge of Island history, cultural and natural world with Islanders and visitors.
To encourage discovery, appreciation, and understanding of Prince Edward Island and to inspire Islanders and their visitors to explore and understand the world around them.