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to the Founding Cultures Museum



While colonizing the new world, many Europeans decided to make the move for a better life on the new continent. From the first nations who lived off these lands, to the French, British, Irish and Scottish who came and still live here, discover how Acadia now glows in charming little coastal villages like Grande-Anse.

Let us immerse you of local history to the rhythm of the tide, and learn the surprising relations between all these communities to discover and better understand the striving cultures who founded and still live on our shores.

Welcome to the Founding Cultures Museum!

  • Front yard (Léon and Georgette Thériault courtyard)

The activities of this yard are sponsored by Mr. Léon and Mrs. Georgette thériault

  • Rear garden (Garden of the City of Caraquet)

The activities of this garden are sponsored by the City of Caraquet

  • Main entrance (Gestion L.Thériault Gallery)

The exhibits in this gallery are sponsored by Gestion L. Thériault

  • Room of Religious Heritage (Gallery Les Filles Marie-de-l'Assomption)

The exhibits in this gallery are sponsored by Les Filles de Marie-de-l'Assomption

  • Hall of Fame Room (Grande-Anse Village Gallery)

The exhibits in this gallery are sponsored by the Village of Grande-Anse

  • Multifunctional Room (UNI Financial Cooperation Gallery)

The exhibits in this gallery are sponsored by UNI Financial Cooperation

  • Built Heritage Room (Grande-Anse Village Gallery)

The exhibits of this gallery are sponsored by the Village of Grande-Anse

  • First Nations Heritage Room (St-Isidore Asphalte Gallery)

The exhibits of this gallery are sponsored by St-Isidore Ready Mix

  • English Heritage Room (The Jim and Helen Kelly Gallery)

The exhibits of this gallery are sponsored by Mr. Jim and Mrs. Helen Kelly

  • Scottish Heritage Room (The James Dunn Foundation Gallery)

The exhibits of this gallery are sponsored by the James Dunn Foundation

  • Irish Heritage Room (The Mary Louise and Edward Whelton Family Gallery)

The exhibits of this gallery are sponsored by Mrs. Clare Whelton McCain and Mr. Allison McCain

  • Acadian Heritage Hall

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  • Edmond E. Landry Room

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Whiskey and chocolate pairing

April 6, 2024, 2 p.m. - $75 per person, $125 per couple

NB Distillery, 112 Main Street, Bathurst 


Get ready to indulge your senses! You are invited to an afternoon of Scottish whiskey and chocolate pairing, a collaboration between the Bathurst chapter of the Scottish Cultural Association and the Museum of Founding Cultures.


Join us and indulge your palate with expertly paired whisky, chocolate & finger foods!  There will also be a tartan weaving demonstration, musical entertainment and a tour of the distillery.


Places are limited, so make sure to book your ticket early!

For reservations, call 506-546-3281.

Play The Tide Recedes

October 14, 2023, 4 p.m. - $15

The Tide Recedes is a play that tells the story of three Irish immigrants who started a lumber and shipbuilding business on Boishébert Island in Miramichi. Mary Ann Hurley, the sister of one of the gentlemen, arrived at Pokeshaw and was welcomed here by her brother.

The play is presented to us by the Miramichi company Character Matters, in collaboration with the Pokeshaw Cranberry Festival.

Opening Irreducibles Racines

July 22, 2022, 5 p.m.

In collaboration with the Atlantic Visual Arts Festival (FAVA), we are proud to host the interactive exhibition Irreducibles Racinesinside our UNI Financial Cooperation gallery.

The interactive exhibition Irreducible Roots that you will discover here was initiated in 2004 by the Festival of Visual Arts in the Atlantic (FAVA) and presented for the first time at the World Acadian Congress of 2009; Fifty artists were invited to create a work on the theme of the toponymy of Mi’kmaq and Maliseet origin of a community, of a targeted location in New Brunswick.

This exhibition includes twenty-five works by First Nations artists, paired with twenty-five works by Acadian artists; a unique collection of its kind.

We invite you to come join us this Friday, July 22 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to attend the official opening of this magnificent exhibition.



We would like to thank our many and generous sponsors who support us and contribute to our development.


Mr. Bernard and Mrs. Lilian Riordon/ Mr. Thomas Riordon/ Mr. George Riordon/ The family of Edward and Ina O'Neil/ Mr. Gaston Hachey/ Mrs. Jeannine Blanchard Elhatton/ The family of Edward and Marie Louise Whelton
/ The family of Guy and Bernadine Riordon/ Mr. John Whelton.


Honorary Governors

Honorary governors are ambassadors of the museum. These are well-known personalities from the region, who have agreed to support our museum. It is a way for us to underline their involvement and to thank them.

gouverneurs honorifiques

Hall of Fame members

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Léandre LeGresley

Born in Grande-Anse and died in Shediac Bridge from pancreatic cancer. From 1947 to 1957, he was secretary-treasurer of the Association Acadienne d'Éducation. From 1943 to 1947, he was the editor of the newspaper l'Évangeline.

Temple de la renommée


Bernie Riordon


Irène DeGrâce


Riba Riordon


Kevin Mann


Monique LeGresley


Fred O'Neil


Jocelyne Thériault


Valérie Brown-Tremblay



Thank you!

184 Rue Acadie, Grande-Anse, NB E8N 1A6
(506) 732-3003
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Adult: $8
13-18 years old: $5
12 years and under: Free
65 and over: $5

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