The Irwin Collection
A collection of over 18,000 photos and 20 years of research and artifacts. Donated by Rip E. Irwin this is first collection of its kind to be open for public viewing.
The work will is available for research for those who are interested as well as an exhibit for general viewing. The replica lighthouse is the gulf style and is modelled after the Caribou lighthouse. It houses the Irwin Collection as well as a 6 foot map with the locations of all of the lighthouses in the area with lights flashing according to each lighthouse.
OPEN FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
The Northumberland Fisheries Museum hosted the Grand Opening of the Lighthouse Museum & Research Centre at 21 Caladh Avenue along the Pictou waterfront, Sunday on July 12th 2009.
Festivities included cake & refreshments plus a free BBQ, face painting, balloons and a variety of other activities and events. Featuring a meet & greet, with lighthouse historian, Rip Irwin.
Rip was one of the founding members of the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society, and served as its first president. He was also instrumental in lobbying to have the Sambro Island lighthouse recognized as the oldest in Canada and one of the top 100 oldest lighthouses in the world. Rip’s life collection of research, history, and photographs has been donated to the Northumberland Fisheries Museum and is being showcased at the Lighthouse Museum & Research Centre.
The Lighthouse Museum admission includes access to all three Museum sites – including the main fisheries museum and the lobster hatchery.
The lighthouse opened Sunday July 12th in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Pictou Lobster Carnival.
Hours Of Operation 2015 to be announced
Please call or email the office for information for goup tours