Charlotte County is a beautiful place that would love to share its history with you!
Whether you are interested in learning about the town that you are visiting or the county as a whole, these museums are all great experiences.
The Ross Memorial Museum
The Ross Memorial Museum is the perfect experience for travelers that enjoy antique furnishings. Although Loyalist Harris Hatch built this home in 1824, Henry Phipps Ross and Sarah Julliette Ross did not buy the land until 1902. During the Ross’s lifetimes, they owned furniture from 19th Century New Brunswick, cabinetmakers, American and Canadian artists, oriental carpets, and objects d’art. These collections make for a stunning showcase. If you are visiting St. Andrews, make sure to stop into the Ross Memorial Museum on 188 Montague Street.
The Chocolate Museum
The Chocolate Museum began as the home of the first Ganong Chocolate Factory back in 1873. The factory moved to its current location in 1990 and The Chocolate Museum opened in 1999. This experience will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth with the museums chocolate themed décor, chocolate themed gift shop, and of course chocolate treats! You can enjoy the hands-on exhibits and watch the famous hand dippers in action. This yummy museum is located at 73 Milltown Blvd in St. Stephen.
The Charlotte County Archives
The Charlotte County Archives was originated by a group known as “Friends of the Charlotte County Historical Society”. They formed in 1975 to preserve and organize historical documents relevant to Charlotte County. The Charlotte County Archives offer guided tours and sleepovers in the Old Gaol cells. They also offer ghost walk tours, and tours of the Charlotte County Courthouse. An interesting optional use of the archives is to research and look up the past through your family histories! Visit the Charlotte County Archives at 123 Frederick Street in St. Andrews.
The Oppenheimer-Prager Museum at Dayspring
The Oppenheimer-Pager Museum at Dayspring has been home to many. The largest home in St. Andrews was originally built for Lewis Egerton Smoot. The house was sold to Sir James Dunn in 1947. Sir James Dunn died in 1956 resulting in his wife Marcia Anastasia Christoforides to inherit Dayspring. Marcia married Lord Beaverbrook and continued living at Dayspring until her death in 1994. In 1995 Dayspring was purchased by Vincent Prager whom is the only son of Eva Prager and the eldest grandson of Joseph Oppenheimer. Vincent Prager donated Dayspring to the Joseph and Fanny Oppenheimer Foundation so the museum could be opened. The museum contains jewelry, interesting objects, memorabilia, pictures and artifacts related to the Dunn’s and Beaverbrook’s, and of course works from Eva Prager and Joseph Oppenheimer. This museum is a great experience to catch a glimpse of who St. Andrews is all about. Visit the Oppenheimer-Prager Museum at Dayspring at 44 Acadia Street in St. Andrews.
The Grand Manan Museum
The Grand Manan Museum was built in 1961. An interesting exhibit is the Allan Moses Bird Collection. There are 300 birds in this collection! The museum also showcases local history about the island, and promotes education and appreciation of the heritage, physical environment, and the culture of the community through exhibits and programs. The Grand Manan Museum is a great educational experience for anyone visiting the island! Located at 1141 Route 776 in Grand Manan.
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre
The Huntsman Marine Science Centre is the perfect place if you want to make science fun and enjoyable! This science-based teaching institution offers daily activities for everyone. Popular activities include feeding the seahorses and seals, and the touch tank! Located at 1 Lower Campus Road in St. Andrews.
Whether you plan to visit just one of these museums or all of them, they are bound to add excitement and education to your trip.