Grand Manan has much to offer Grand Manan has much to offer in scenic vistas and wildlife but the rich culture, natural history and art are best described in our fantastic museums and art gallery. Gallery openings, evening presentations and special events are offered throughout the summer so check the schedule of events for times and locations. Although great rainy day activities, these facilities should not be missed.
Grand Manan Art Gallery
The Grand Manan Art Gallery was established in 1993 under the umbrella of the Grand Manan Historical Society. The Locke family donated the land and the building which was renovated under the direction of architect John Large.
We are a seasonal gallery. From early June until late September we display work by artists from Grand Manan Island, the Bay of Fundy region and beyond. Our goal is to provide island residents and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a diversity of quality exhibits by both established and emerging artists.
Donations are always welcomed. We’re always looking for volunteers to help out!
Grand Manan Museum
Centrally located in Grand Harbour, our large community museum offers the Allen Moses Memorial Bird Collection, the McLaughlin Marine Galleries (containing many fishery exhibits as well as the Second Order Fresnel Lens from the Gannet Rock Lighthouse, Est. 1831), the L.K. Ingersoll Gallery of island history and cultural exhibits, a large six wall Marine Gallery Mural Exhibit featuring 139 species of marine life, a display of Island Geology, a Shipwrecks Gallery, the Deep Cove One-Room School House Exhibit, and the Grand Manan Archives of documents, photographs, and genealogical records. Twice weekly evening presentations throughout July-August, special events, and new exhibits yearly, compliment the more than 18 permanent galleries. The present museum was a Canada Centennial Project in 1967 and truly displays a “Living Reflection of Island History”.
The Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station
A great, little marine natural history museum will inform and delight curious minds. Our displays include whales, seals, seabirds, fish, sharks and invertebrates with additional information on how whales survive in the oceans and some hands-on displays for busy hands. We also highlight the endangered right whale and conservation efforts to protect them while in the Bay of Fundy, and our unique Harbour Porpoise Release Program, helping herring weir operators safely release entrapped porpoises and other large marine animals.
Swallow Tail Lighthouse
Set up in the old building moved to the site from another decommissioned lighthouse and used as a garage by one of the lightkeepers, you can meet our staff and learn more about the property and lighthouse while supporting our non-profit organization, and taking home some great gifts or souvenirs from our Welcome Centre. Funds raised in sales of lighthouse related merchandise, much of it specially made and local, go towards continued restoration and operation of the lighthouse property.