Founded in July 1988, the Torbay Museum is home to an amazing array of artifacts and historical archival items dating back hundreds of years. Its collection began with items donated by the Roman Catholic Presentation Sisters in honour of their 121-year stay in Torbay at St. Michael’s Convent (1865-1986). The Sisters’ donation included a nine-piece chesterfield set and stained glass doors, which have been incorporated into the design of the museum.
Today, the collection includes more than 2000 artifacts donated by residents who have trusted the museum staff and Torbay Heritage Committee with the task of preserving, interpreting and presenting their family heirlooms in its collections. Current exhibits include: Fishing, Farming, Women’s Work and Domestic Life, Religious Torbay, and Torbay Military History.
The Torbay Museum is the oldest established public museum on the Northeast Avalon. The museum is an active member of the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Archives Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Heritage Information Network, and the Canadian Museum Association, among others.
TORBAY MUSEUM THEATRE
During the summer of 2010, the Torbay Museum began a new and exciting public-folklore project – Museum Theatre. The Torbay Museum created two new shows by combining the history and folklore of the area with theatrical performance. The goal is to promote the heritage of Torbay in both an educational and entertaining manner. Productions take place each summer from July to August.
For more information please see the Torbay Theatre Link.
Join the Conversation this Summer 2013 when the Torbay Museum launches its newest digital oral history memory project. Please click here for further information.
Please contact Contessa Small at 709-437-6532 ext. 253 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publications of interest available for sale at the Torbay Museum:
• The History of Torbay by Robert Codner
• Solomon Gosse’s Birthday by Lara Maynard
• Heritage Guide of Torbay by Robin McGrath
For more information on any of the above please contact museum curator Contessa Small at 437-6532 ext. 253 or email email@example.com.
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