MUSEUM & ARCHIVES COLLECTION
MUSEUM (photo of Storage area or of Hermit Knife)
Grand Manan Museum is a community owned institution that reflects many aspects of the island, especially its fisheries and its navigational, cultural and natural history. We have one of the largest permanently displayed collections of stuffed birds in Canada (300 species) and approximately 3,750 objects in our total collection.
Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) is a national digital database that allows you to browse through selected artefacts from museums across Canada. The Grand Manan Museum contributes 15 artefacts annually to this collection as a condition of its annual Provincial Collections Grant. You can see some of our collection by visiting this link: https://app.pch.gc.ca/application/artefacts_hum/liste_list.app?in=Grand+Manan+Museum&t=0&lang=en
Items in the Museum Collection: When not on display, items in the collection are stored in two large climate-controlled rooms on the lower level. This area was renovated, expanded and reorganized in 2017-2019 with funding from a provincial Community Cultural Places grant and private and corporate donations. (1 photo of storage area shelf?)
What We Collect: (3 photos of pottery - Deichmann, quilt - crazy, and an old painting – Lady of the Cliffs)
Decorative Arts: Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery Costumes Furniture or Furnishings Glass Textiles or Tapestries Items made of Wood
Fine Arts: The Museum has a small but interesting collection of historic and contemporary fine art items such as Paintings Prints Photographs Drawings.
Human History: Many of the displays reflect aspects of the lives of lighthouse keepers, fishermen, and family households and include Archaeological Objects • Costumes and Accessories • Exploration and Survey • Fisheries • Furniture or Furnishings • Household Objects or Domestic Technology • Local History • Manuscripts • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Marine History and Technology • Medals • Memorabilia • Oral History • Toys and Games • Transportation: Marine • Imaging: Photographs.
Natural Sciences: Allan Moses Taxidermy Birds • Specimens from his African Expeditions • Marine Collections • Endangered Species • Scientific Specimens • Zoology: Invertebrates, Mollusks, Crustaceans, Vertebrates, Mammals (1 photo of shark tooth & 1 of the stuffed eel)
Earth & Geological Sciences: Minerals • Rocks •Precious Stones (Lapidary) • Drill Cores
Paleontological Collection: Fossil Collections
First Nations Collection: Stone tools • decorative arts (1 photo of spear head)
Approximate number of objects in the Museum Collection: 3,750
The Grand Manan Archives, housed within the Museum, is jointly administered by three members of the Board of Directors of the Museum and three members of the Grand Manan Historical Society. It has hundreds of individual records. The Archives has a large, climate-controlled vault which houses collections of maps, textual documents, artwork and photography. It also holds the collections of the Historical Society and the Genealogical Society. The Archivist’s office is adjacent to the Archives Storage Vault and the Reading Room. (1 photo of Archives Vault?)
Items in the Archives Collection: Cartographic Materials, Prints and Drawings, Manuscripts, Photographs, Textual Records, Paintings.
Other: Eastport Sentinel, Island Times, The Sands of Time, and other local publications.