Step back in time. Wherever you wander on PEI, you’re retracing the steps of long-ago people. How far back do you want to go? Although the Acadians settled here in the early 1700s, the British, French, Irish and Scottish were all playing major roles two centuries earlier. But even they might be considered newcomers: by the time the Europeans arrived, the Mi’kmaq had already been here for thousands of years.
Want to become absorbed in these and other stories? Begin in our provincial and community museums. At the Acadian Museum, experience 300 years of struggle and survival. At the Green Park Shipbuilding Museum and Yeo House, relive the glory days of that once-booming industry. At the newly-renovated Canadian Potato Museum, take a farm tour and walk the same fields our forefathers did. From one corner of PEI to the other, you’ll find hidden gems, such as the Garden of the Gulf Museum, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Birthplace, and Beaconsfield Historic House.
Whether you’re interested in planes, trains, or automobiles, one-room schoolhouses or elegant mansions, Mi’kmaq culture or the silver fox industry, we have a museum that brings our history to life.
There is a lot to see, hear and learn at PEI museums.
- When you spot the biggest potato you've ever seen, you're at the Canadian Potato Museum in O'Leary (pictured above). You can't miss it!
- The Anne of Green Gables Museum at Park Corner is dedicated to the life and works of author Lucy Maud Montgomery.
- Visit the Acadian Museum in La Région Évangéline for a taste of Acadian history and culture.
- The Basin Head Fisheries Museum depicts PEI's inshore fishing industry.
- The Farmers Bank of Rustico and Doucet House Museums tell the story of PEI's oldest Acadian settlement.