The museum is located in the Roe House at Roesland on North Pender Island. Roesland is one of the properties that form the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
Link to Gulf Islands National Park: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/gulf/visit.aspx
When Parks Canada acquired Roesland, the original homestead had sadly deteriorated and was close to collapse as many of the foundation posts had rotted away. Parks Canada offered the use of the building to the Pender Island Museum Society with a long term lease at negligible cost if the Society would restore the building to a condition suitable for public access as a museum. The Society would also assume full responsibility for all maintenance and annual operating expenses and would receive no financial assistance from Parks Canada. The Society accepted the offer and began a two year restoration process that included replacing the posts with a proper perimeter foundation and the reconstruction of the missing front porch and portico.
The purpose of the Pender Islands Museum is to acquire, catalogue, display and preserve historical artifacts, documents and photographs related to the Pender Islands and to make them available for public viewing, education, and research with peripheral inclusion of varied community activities.
The Museum was officially opened in July 2005.
The Pender Island Museum Society, it's members and board directors accept no liability whatsoever for any content on this website. The website is intended for amusement and educational purposes only, and is not intended to be an accurate authority of facts, dates, persons or occurrences. Information which might provide greater accuracy to existing content or additional historic information about the Pender Islands perhaps not found in the museum is most welcome.
We hope you find your visit both to the museum and this website enjoyable. Thank you for your interest in the Pender Islands Museum.
Original content copyright, Pender Islands Museum Society 2013
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2408 South Otter Bay Road
North Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1
Admission is by donation.
The Pender Museum is operated by volunteers and funded by annual museum memberships, donations, fund raising, and profits from gift shop sales. Annual individual membership is $5.00. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address (optional) with your cheque for membership or donation. One might possibly consider a memorial bequeathment to the Museum for the younger generations to enjoy. Thank you for your support!
Easter Weekend and other weekends through to Thanksgiving, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, except for our summer hours of July and August when we are open weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Open outside these hours for non-tour groups of usually 6 or more by special request to Directors.
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