The Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island presents annually a few temporary exhibitions. Most are produced by the Acadian Museum, but some are from other Canadian museums. These temporary exhibitions are an important component of the Acadian Museum’s programming, encouraging people to visit the Museum regularly to discover different aspects of Acadian history, culture, and heritage.

Each temporary exhibition is designed around a different theme, giving the Museum an opportunity to promote its collection of artifacts and even to expand it. Each exhibition also brings Museum staff to do research, thus enriching our knowledge of the Island’s Acadian community.

The first temporary exhibitions were produced in the old museum in1985. One of them, “An Agricultural People,” exhibited the main farm implements in the Acadian Museum’s collection. Another one was a photographic exhibition entitled “The Old Acadians”. It had been created in 1980 by the Eptek Centre in Summerside, in collaboration with the Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin. In all, eight temporary exhibitions were presented in the old museum between 1985 and 1990.

Since moving into the new building in 1991, the Acadian Museum has presented 70 temporary exhibitions!

Here are a few photos that will bring back memories.

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An Agricultural People, 1985. An Agricultural People, 1985

This exhibition was the first temporary one presented in the old Acadian Museum.

(Source: Acadian Museum of P.E.I.)

Handicraft, 1986. Handicraft, 1986

Temporary exhibition displayed in the old Acadian Museum on the occasion of the official opening of the first permanent exhibition.

(Source: Georges Arsenault)

Hélène’s Mats, 1993. Hélène’s Mats, 1993

The Acadian Museum presented an exhibition of 42 of Hélène Gallant’s hooked mats. The artisan is seen here with her nephew, Father Albin Arsenault, who proceeded at the official opening of the exhibition.

(Source: La Voix acadienne)

Alma Buote, Island Acadian Artist (1894-1966): From Tignish to New York, 1995. Alma Buote, Island Acadian Artist (1894-1966): From Tignish to New York, 1995

Yvon Léger, Alma Buote’s cousin, Cécile Gallant, director of the Acadian Museum, and Henri Gaudet, donor of the Alma Buote Collection, were photographed in front of L’Acadienne, one of the paintings of Prince Edward Island’s first Acadian professional artist.

(Source: La Voix acadienne)

L’Acadie du Québec, 1998. L’Acadie du Québec, 1998

This travelling exhibition, co-produced by the Musée acadien du Québec (Bonaventure) and the Musée de la Civilisation (Quebec City), contained a trunk with 19th century costumes which visitors could don. From l. to r.: Lynette Manuel, Diane Racette, unidentified girl, and Chelsey Mills. In front: Brittany Bradshaw.

(Source: Acadian Museum of P.E.I.)

Evangeline’s Odyssey, 1998. Evangeline’s Odyssey, 1998

This travelling exhibition was produced by the Acadian Museum at the Université de Moncton.

(Source: Acadian Museum of P.E.I.)

The Acadians of Tignish: Two Centuries of History, 1999. The Acadians of Tignish: Two Centuries of History, 1999

This impressive quilt was made by Anne Chaisson Manson (on the left), from Maine, to commemorate Tignish’s bicentennial. One of the quiltmaker’s ancestor, Jacques Chiasson, was a founder of the community in 1799. The quilt was the centerpiece of the exhibition.

(Source : La Voix acadienne)

An Island Treasure: The Sculptures of Fabian “Foncy” Deagle, 2002. An Island Treasure: The Sculptures of Fabian “Foncy” Deagle, 2002

The Acadian Museum showcased its important collection of miniature sculptures by artist Fabian Deagle (1915-2000), a native of Lower Rollo Bay. Present at the official opening of the exhibition (l. to r.): Tilmon Gallant; Mary Deagle, the artist’s widow; David Le Gallant, President of the Association of the Acadian Museum of P.E.I.; Anita Richards.

(Source: La Voix acadienne)

Firsts in Acadie, 2004. Firsts in Acadie, 2004

This exhibition was produced on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Acadie. It highlighted 14 achievements that Prince Edward Island’s Acadians were the first among Acadians in the Maritimes to accomplish.

(Source: Acadian Museum of P.E.I.)

The Deportation of the Acadians of Île Saint-Jean:  A Remarkable Story of Courage and Determination, 2008. The Deportation of the Acadians of Île Saint-Jean: A Remarkable Story of Courage and Determination, 2008

Exhibition produced for the 250th anniversary of the Deportation of the inhabitants of Île Saint-Jean (today’s Prince Edward Island).

(Source : La Voix acadienne)

The Acadians and Sports: Then and Now, 2010. The Acadians and Sports: Then and Now, 2010

Noël Gaudet from Summerside proudly exhibits the medals won at curling by his daughter Suzanne Gaudet, an athlete of international caliber.

(Source: La Belle Alliance ltée)

Hooked Rugs by Island Acadians:  Keeping the Tradition Alive, 2010. Hooked Rugs by Island Acadians: Keeping the Tradition Alive, 2010

The exhibition showcased 76 hooked rugs made by 21 artisans from almost all of the Acadian communities on Prince Edward Island. Visiting the exhibition are Yvonne Arsenault and Joseph Gallant.

(Source: Georges Arsenault)

Island Acadian Women:  Photos from the Years 1880 to 1960. Island Acadian Women: Photos from the Years 1880 to 1960

Presented in 2011, this exhibition featured 75 historical photos found in numerous private collections as well as several artifacts from the Acadian Museum of P.E.I.’s collection. Bella Bernard participated in the official opening. She is the baby seen on the introduction panel.

(Source : La Voix acadienne)

La Roche & Grand-Ruisseau: 200 Years in Egmont Bay and Mont-Carmel, 2012. La Roche & Grand-Ruisseau: 200 Years in Egmont Bay and Mont-Carmel, 2012

This exhibition explored several aspects of the history of the two parishes since their foundation in 1812 and showcased recent photos taken in this region of Prince Edward Island by Leona Arsenault and Jacinthe Laforest.

(Source : Georges Arsenault)

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