The Mahone Bay Museum is a community museum led by a Board of dedicated volunteers and a small staff. The Mahone Bay Founders Society is our parent organization, a registered charity and non-profit organization.
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.
-Encouraging curiosity, educating youth and families through children’s programming, and providing access to our collections
-Creating partnerships with community organizations and local schools
-Developing expertise in staff and volunteers, adhering to current museum standards and best practices
-Communicating effectively, being fiscally responsible and viable in the long term, and striving to be inclusive
Our Board of Directors:
Executive: Anne Palfreyman – Chair, Liz Ross – Treasurer
Other Directors: Kody Dagley, Anne Ruel, Randy Sherman, Judi Lancaster, Norrie Peel, and Gary Silliker
Lyne was hired in Spring 2016 as our Manager and Curator and is returning for her fourth season with us! Lyne graduated with Honours in Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University in 2011, completed a Certificate in Arts Management in Quebec in 2012, and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies in 2014. Over the years, Lyne has worked at the Joggins Fossil Institute as an Interpreter and Administrative Intern, at the Museum of Natural History as a Marketing Assistant, and volunteered at the Toronto Railway Museum. She spent a couple years out West, where she managed a Volunteer Centre in Alberta and worked as a Marketing Assistant and Visitor Services Representative at the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame before deciding to return to the Maritimes. Lyne is now living on the South Shore and thrilled to be part of Mahone Bay’s community.
History the Goldfish – Official Mascot
and Social Media Correspondent
Energetic, flashy, and charming, History the Goldfish certainly knows how to make visitors feel at home! History has been living his dream for several years now, and in that time he has grown to fit his electric personality. Check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube pages to see what he’s been up to or come visit him in person this season!
Each summer, with the help of the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works and Canada Summer jobs programs and the Provincial Government’s NS Student Summer Skills Incentive program, we hire high school and university students with interest in history and museums.
Staff Hall of Fame
You can view photos of our staff hall of fame on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MahoneBayMuseum/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157937940724030
The History of the Mahone Bay Museum
It all began 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.
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.