The museum’s purpose, to preserve the history and heighten the awareness of the public regarding the value of the shellfish industry in the local area, is reflected through its exhibits. Displays include aquariums featuring live native fish and shellfish, as well as artifacts relating to species identification, the history of oyster cultivation, and the growth and culture of shellfish. Oysters & mussels are available for sale in small quantities.
The museum’s purpose, to preserve the history and heighten the awareness of the public regarding the value of the shellfish industry in the local area, is reflected through its exhibits. Displays include aquariums featuring live native fish and shellfish, as well as artifacts relating to species identification, the history of oyster cultivation, and the growth and culture of shellfish. Oysters & mussels are available for sale in small quantities.

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The Shellfish Museum

PEI Shellfish Museum

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Shellfish Museum Video Tour

The Shellfish Museum, located in Ellerslie, Prince Edward Island, is housed in the same building that much of the research for the Malpeque Oyster was done. Dr. A.W.H. Needler studied the oyster and developed a scientific means of farming oysters in order to speed the recovery process of the Malpeque Oyster. With federal dollars, Dr. Needler set up a research station on one of the tributaries on Malpeque Bay, the Bideford River.

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Spat Collector

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Oyster Knife

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • identify why there was a need for a museum about the Malpeque Oyster industry;
  • give in their own words the reason why Canadians need places like museums.

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