History of the Museum

Location

The Fundy Geological Museum, located at 162, Two Islands Road, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, is operated by the Cumberland Geological Society as part of the Nova Scotia Museum.

History

Nova Scotia has a long and fascinating geological history, spanning more than 1,000 million years. The rocks and structures that form the character of the landscape are ancient parts of North America, Europe and North Africa, brought together by major events in the Earth’s history. Within Nova Scotia, the upper Bay of Fundy region is especially rich in geological features. In a small geographic area, many ancient environments are both well preserved and well exposed for easy viewing.

The Parrsboro region has been known for its amethyst, agate, zeolites, and plant and animal fossils for many years. The discovery in 1984 the of early Jurassic crocodile, mammal-like reptile and dinosaur fossils at  nearby Wasson Bluff encouraged the local community to examine the economic potential of these natural resources. The Cumberland Geological Society was formed in 1989 to promote the development of a Museum of Geology and Paleontology. The Fundy Geological Museum was officially opened to the public in December of 1993, as a locally managed branch of the Nova Scotia Museum.

The geological history of Nova Scotia, specifically the stories told by the cliffs along our shores, can be used to interpret the development of the Bay of Fundy over the past 400 million years. The phenomena related to this natural wonder continue to play a daily role in each of our lives and draw visitors from around the world

Services

The Museum serves its community as both an educational institution and as a key tourist destination. The Museum provides visitors with a focal point to learn about the region’s paleontological and mineralogical treasures of the region. The site has been identified as a “Recommended Experience” by the Bay of Fundy Tourism Partnership and is an integral part of the Fundy Shore Tourist Destination Area. The site helps to attract over 22,000 visitors to Parrsboro each year.

The Museum houses a collection of rocks, minerals and fossils and the exhibits and programs interpret the geological and paleontological features found along the Bay of Fundy. It offers a variety of services including school and public programs, beach tours, and hands on activities. Tour packages, combining museum programming, accommodations, meals and activities have been developed in partnership with other local attractions and services. The Museum's Gift Shop carries a variety of products, related to our local dinosaurs, to help promote the site and remind visitors of their Parrsboro experience.

Fundy Geological Museum Mission Statement

To be the World Centre for experiencing geological history interpreted from the unique features of Nova Scotia’s Fundy Region

Impact of Natural Heritage on Cultural Heritage

Rocks, minerals, and fossils tell a fascinating story of colliding continents, changing climates, and ancient environments. They also provide a glimpse into the lives of the region’s former inhabitants. The tides, the landscapes shaped by glaciers, the diversity of fossils and minerals, and geological time periods exposed along our shores have all contributed to the environment that we interact with daily. The natural environment is a backdrop for oral histories, entertainment, relaxation, spiritual contemplation, hobbies, physical activities, and has given us the basic necessities of life and the inspiration for works of art. Our natural heritage has helped to shape the development of successive cultures, resulting in the cultural heritage we share today.