Welcome to the Pender Islands Museum
(UNDER CONSTRUCTION... the Museum is working on a significant upgrade to this website. We appreciate your patience during our initial planning stages.)
The museum is located in the Roe House at Roesland on North Pender Island, one of the properties that for the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve - a beautiful waterfront setting featuring open lawns for picnicing. A short trail leads to a spectacular viewpoint, especially at sunset. Occasionally special programs are offered by the Museum for Pender residents, weekenders, and visitors. These may include museum tours, demonstrations, sponsored lectures, display tables at local events and collaboration with other island organizations.
For reference, the original purpose of the Pender Islands Museum Society (est. 1986), was 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.
In April of 2018 the Museum board and a few interested stakeholders participated in a professionally facilitated strategic planning retreat to map out the best direction for the Museum to take in the next 3 to 5 years. One key task was to clarify the present day purpose of the Museum by putting together an updated mission statement. Through brainstorming, a working version of a mission statement was crafted as follows:
We love our Islands' stories, so we:
Preserve Pender's history
Tell the community's story
Collect Pender heritage
Show things worth seeing
With a flexible strategic plan now in place, we look forward to making exciting improvements to operations at and by the Museum. We hope you will join us!
Click here to search our online database of artifacts and archives. Additions will be made as resources permit.