Our Vision: The Mahone Bay Museum will inspire interest in local history and heritage preservation and instill a life-long love of museums.
Our Mission: The Mahone Bay Museum serves and engages residents and visitors through the preservation, interpretation, and celebration of our local history and culture.
The history of the Mahone Bay Museum begins in 1979, when the Mahone Bay Founder’s Society formed to organize the celebration of Mahone Bay’s 225th anniversary. Included amongst the festivities was a re-enactment of the landing of the first settlers in 1754.
The first museum was housed during the summer months in Pioneer Hall, located in the basement of Trinity United Church. However, the Society was determined to have a permanent home. In 1986, the province, through the Nova Scotia Museum, purchased a selection from the collection of china and antique furniture in the Inglis/Quinlan home. Wanting to keep this incredible collection in its home town, the Society began searching for a facility to house the collection.
Renovating the museum
In 1987, the Founder’s Society purchased the Begin Home. Our volunteers then launched themselves into a renovations campaign, as well as spending countless hours washing, numbering, photographing and packing the collection under the expert tutelage of Marie Elwood and the staff at the Nova Scotia Museum. The Mahone Bay Museum officially opened its doors as the Settlers Museum in 1988.
The museum building itself is now owned by the Founders Society.
Click here to see a list of our Mahone Bay Founders Society Board Members.
Our museum is partially funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage through the Community Museum Assistance Program, and the remainder is raised by our Society and members of the community. Click here to see our supporters.
- Encouraging curiosity
- Developing expertise in staff and volunteers
- Adhering to current museum standards and best practices
- Providing access to collections
- Communicating effectively
- Being fiscally responsible and viable in the long term
- Striving to be inclusive
- Educating youth and families through children’s programming
- Creating partnerships with community organizations and local schools