The Garden Of The Gulf Museum
The Garden of the Gulf Museum, housed in a historic sandstone building at 564 Main Street, officially opened on May 16, 1958. Located on a hill overlooking the bridge, the museum is in the former Post Office and Customs House. The brick and stone structure was built in 1887 with stone quarried from the river and brick that was made locally by Robert Stewart. The building is owned by the Town of Montague and the museum operation is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Over the entrances are unique stone carvings, a bust of Queen Victoria and the Island Coat of Arms, with three small trees under one large tree. The small trees represent our three counties (Prince, Queens and Kings) and the large oak represents Great Britain.
The museum, through temporary exhibits, interprets our rich local history from prehistoric times to 1945. Each season a new display is featured. Our collection consists of many special artifacts, including a unique tunic made in Charlottetown before 1799 (worn by Ian Mor MacDonald, a Militia volunteer during the 1790s), an 1837 needlework sampler, and many man-made tools used by early settlers. Also, various archival items are featured including bibles, deeds and Provincial Auditor's Reports (1870s, 1880s, 1890s). The 1967 Centennial Album delights visitors with its seventy-page pictorial history of Montague. It depicts the first bank safe arriving in Montague, the first sidewalk being laid, the first horse racing photo finish, and school pictures. This is a must-see display.
As well, the Museum regularly features thematic displays that change from year to year. Past displays have included a sewing centre, medical equipment, farm tools, etc. Please contact the Museum for a current display description. If you are interested in researching the local area, the Museum is a wonderful resource with a good collection of primary and secondary sources on a variety of local topics.
Hours of Operation
June & September
Monday- Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
July & August
Monday- Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Adults - $3.00 (tax included)
Children (under 12) - FREE
Motor Coaches - $45.00 (tax included) per coach
School tours are welcome and complementary with an advance notice
Garden of the Gulf Museum
564 Main Street
P.O. Box 1237, Montague
Prince Edward Island, C0A 1R0