The Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology houses a remarkable collection of international fine art and antiquities. Bringing people together and enriching their lives through the celebration and exploration of fascinating stories in human history is at the core of our operation.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the Abbey Museum.
Our calendar of events have served as the main fundraiser to house and preserve an incredible collection of important human artefacts, antiquities, and stained glass since its inception in 1986.
At the heart of the museum’s event focus is the Abbey Medieval Festival, an awe-inspiring transformation of time into the Middle Ages. Tournament, pageantry, food and entertainment is brought to life in highly anticipated weekend each July. We celebrated our 30th year of the festival in 2019, and welcomed over 30,000 attendees.
Additionally, we provide hands-on school education programs comprised of archaeological digs, a knights and chivalry education program, Egyptian mummifications, heritage trail tours, and more. We deliver these unique specialty programs to over 6,000 primary and secondary students each year.
We are a small workforce, heavily reliant on volunteer services.
At this point, all events and programs through to July have been cancelled, with a vast level of uncertainty for the back half of the year.
We are unsure of how long we will face these challenges, but are optimistic that by carrying out our best efforts to support one another, we will weather this storm, ride through these difficult times, and rise again.
This is merely another chapter we must all endure. How we respond now will shape our future. Let us learn from the past, adapt for the now, and thrive once again!
We are so grateful for your support, and hope to continue to deliver the enriching colour and passion of our human journey.
‘‘Per aspera ad astra’’
Through adversity to the stars.
-Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, Abbey Medieval Festival