Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Weird Museums of Canada - P.E.I. Potato Museum


Ok, so apparently there are alot of Potato Museums around the world - Belgium, Denmark, Germany - and of course, the great U.S. of A.  But none can claim to have the world's largest collection of potato artifacts or be home to a Potato Hall of Fame like the Potato Museum in O'Leary, Prince Edward Island.

O'Leary (2001 population: 860) is a Canadian village in Prince County, Prince Edward Island.  The community's economy is tied to the potato farming industry.

The Canadian Potato Museum is located in the community of O'Leary in the western part of Canada's smallest province and is surrounded by fertile potato growing fields. The museum depicts an interesting display of the potato industry, and houses a large collection of farm implements and machinery related to the growing and harvesting of potatoes.

In 1999 a major expansion was constructed to accommodate their Potato Hall of Fame, the extraordinary national Amazing Potato Exhibit, and incorporates the Community Museum. The building now covers over 7000 square feet and is air conditioned for your comfort. 

There has even been a recently added giant sculptured potato (made out of fibreglass and standing 14ft. tall), at the entrance to the museum. The complex includes other attractions on site such as the Heritage Chapel, the Log Barn and the Little Red Schoolhouse.

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