What’s new?

The Mahone Bay Museum is a small community museum created by the Mahone Bay Founders Society. Here’s what we have been up to lately!

New Items Added to our Archival Collection!

Thanks to a grant from the Government of Canada and Library Archives Canada, we have been hard at work processing photographs from November 2019 to March 2020. The project allowed us to digitize, preserve, and increase access to 100cm of selected documents and over 900 photographs (including 70 glass negatives and 40 tintypes dated around the 1890s), from our backlog of unprocessed archival items relating to the town of Mahone Bay’s general history, shipbuilding history, and local families. 

During this project, the archival items were arranged, described, and stored properly with archival supplies purchased with this funding. We also created detailed finding aids, improved long-term preservation via proper storage and digitization, increased off-site access via digitization, and increased access to these items by sharing scans on Facebook.  

These items comprised of 4 new archival collections and 2 accruals to existing collections.
Gordon D. Ernst Collection (MBMS-63)
Joan Foran Collection (MBMS-64)
Clarence R. Heisler & Son (MBMS-65)
Minnie Beatrice Oickle Collection (MBMS-66)
Inglis & Quinlan Family Collection (MBMS-1)
John McLean & Sons Collection (MBMS-5)

Follow us on Facebook to see archival photos shared there or review our full list of archival collections and a selection of scans here: http://mahonebaymuseum.com/archival-collection/

Heritage Recognition Award Dinner Event POSTPONED

The Mahone Bay Founders Society has established this awards program to acknowledge and honour individuals, groups, or projects, that have made an exceptional and lasting contribution to the conservation of heritage in Mahone Bay and area.

Nominations from the community closed on Feb. 28, 2020. Winners will be announced shortly and tickets will be on sale to attend the event.

Please note: This event has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. We will reschedule this event when it is safe to do so.

Now Hiring for Summer 2020 Staff Positions

We are currently accepting cover letters and resumes for the various summer staff positions listed below that are dependent on and pending funding approval by Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs. Please note that these funding providers have slightly different hiring requirements that THEY require.

Each position we’ve applied for has a detailed description of the tasks and the ideal requirements. Please click the position title to view the details and learn how to apply.


Young Canada Works requires that any student hired for these positions:

-are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
-are legally entitled to work in Canada;
-are between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
-are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
-will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the YCW work assignment;
-have been a full-time high school, college, CEGEP or university student (as defined by their educational institution) in the semester preceding the YCW work assignment;
-intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following the YCW work assignment.

All applicants for the following YCW positions must meet the above requirements.


The following positions are pending approval from Canada Summer Jobs, therefore applicants must meet their requirements, including that applicants must be between the ages 15 and 30. Applicants DO NOT need to be students.

New Facebook Group for sharing old recipes.
You can request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1485558868288265/

Open by Appointment by Donation until May 30, 2020

After October 7th, we are only open by appointment by donation until we re-open on May 30, 2020. Contact us 48 hours before your visit to arrange an appointment: leave a voicemail at 902-624-6263 or email info@mahonebaymuseum.com

Our Autumn 2019 Newsletter

View our Newsletter here:

Our 2019 Exhibits Include:

Visit www.mahonebaymuseum.com/collections/
for more information about our current exhibits

2019-2020 Membership Campaign

Renew or become a Member of the Mahone Bay Founders Society!
Learn more here: http://mahonebaymuseum.com/support-us/