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 Museum was officially opened in July 2005.
The purpose of the Pender Islands Museum Society is to acquire, catalogue, display and preserve historical artifacts and archival records related to the Pender Islands and to make them available for public viewing, education, and research. We are in the process of digitizing our collection and progress can be seen here:
Royal BC Museum archives for Pender Island can be accessed here: http://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/pender-island-b-c
Free Wi-Fi is available at the Museum 24/7. Ask the volunteer host for the current password (subject to change, Shaw internet terms of service apply, name and email address required for password).
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. Additional information which might provide for greater accuracy of existing content or historic information about the Pender Islands not found in the Museum at present is most welcome. Please feel free to email the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org with any historical information or inquiries.
We hope you find your visit both to the Museum and this website enjoyable. Thank you for your interest in the Pender Islands Museum.
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2408 South Otter Bay Road
North Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1
Admission free, donations very much appreciated.
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
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Hours: Easter Weekend and other weekends through to Thanksgiving, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm,
July and August: open weekends from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Open outside these hours for groups of usually 6 or more by special request.
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