Housed in the former Keir Memorial Presbyterian Church, the museum displays artifacts depicting the cultural life of Malpeque and surrounding districts. These include memorabilia and furnishings from local homesteads, farming and oyster fishing implements, and items illustrating the 200-year commercial life of Princetown-Malpeque. Of special interest is an 1887 horse-drawn hearse built by Mr. Pound of Margate in 1887.

You can see the waters of Malpeque Bay and Darnley Basin from the Museum. Makpaak was the first name given by the Mi'kmaq people before the Acadians came after 1720, and the Scots settled the area in 1770.The Museum portrays this land and the waters around it, and tells the stories of the generations who have lived here, through pictures, original documents, houseold furnishings and family heirlooms. Farm implements and shell-fishing gear are part of the display. So are the magnificent Owen Bell, Dr. Keir's medical instruments and the large anchor from an eighteenth c Read More

Housed in the former Keir Memorial Presbyterian Church, the museum displays artifacts depicting the cultural life of Malpeque and surrounding districts. These include memorabilia and furnishings from local homesteads, farming and oyster fishing implements, and items illustrating the 200-year commercial life of Princetown-Malpeque. Of special interest is an 1887 horse-drawn hearse built by Mr. Pound of Margate in 1887.

You can see the waters of Malpeque Bay and Darnley Basin from the Museum. Makpaak was the first name given by the Mi'kmaq people before the Acadians came after 1720, and the Scots settled the area in 1770.The Museum portrays this land and the waters around it, and tells the stories of the generations who have lived here, through pictures, original documents, houseold furnishings and family heirlooms. Farm implements and shell-fishing gear are part of the display. So are the magnificent Owen Bell, Dr. Keir's medical instruments and the large anchor from an eighteenth century ship. In the Victorian kitchen volunteer crafts people demonstrate weaving and rug-hooking. Children may sit on our bicycle with wooden rims or they can work in the old Baltic schoolroom. Each season features a special exhibition from local collectors.


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Keir Memorial Museum

Keir Memorial Museum

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Visual explanation of the use of the Mussel Mud Digger.

Community Museums Association of Prince Edward Island.

© Community Museum Association of Prince Edward Island, 2005. All rights reserved.


Virtual tour of the Keir Memorial Museum.

Housed in the former Keir Memorial Presbyterian Church, the museum depicts the cultural life of Malpeque and the surrounding districts. An item of particular interest is the mussel mud digger on display on the property. This artefact represents the hard work and determination of Islanders from a time gone by.

Community Museums Association of Prince Edward Island.

© Community Museum Association of Prince Edward Island, 2005. All rights reserved.


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • describe what is depicted in the Keir Memorial Museum;
  • give in their own words the reason why Canadians need places like the Keir Memorial Museum.

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