About Us

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 protects and provides on-site and on-line access to the history of the Mahone Bay area to prevent it from becoming forgotten or lost.
Our Values:
-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), Kody Dagley (Vice Chair) Norrie Peel (Secretary), Doug Snyder (Treasurer)
Other Directors: Randy Sherman, Letti Maloney, MacKenzie Fraser, and Gary Silliker

Our Staff:

Lyne's picture for bioLyne 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 FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Youtube pages to see what he’s been up to or come visit him in person this season!

Each summer, with apply for help from the Government of Canada’s Young Canada Works and Canada Summer jobs programs and the Provincial Government’s NS Student Summer Skills Incentive program, to hire youth 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

Our Committees and Organizational Chart:

View our organizational chart with out list of committees here:
Mahone Bay Founders Society Organizational Chart -Dec 2019

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.

renovationsThe 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

grand_openingIn 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.