The current museum at Blue Beach is a ten-year, donation-supported, passionate volunteer effort by two entrepeneurs who have accumulated the largest collection of fossils in Atlantic Canada. There are now nearly 2000 footprint-bearing slabs and 7000 fossilized bone specimens in storage, not to mention hundreds of plant and invertebrate remains. The current facility is inadequate to house this collection.

       
       
  World’s oldest and largest collection of tetrapod fossils (~350 million years ago). Largest collection from “Romer’s Gap” (earliest Carboniferous Period). Earliest evidence of terrestrial animals on the planet. Oldest and largest collection of Carboniferous tracks (over 1,900 specimens). Fossils from this site are considered treasures in the world’s great museums: Natural History Museum (London), Redpath (Montreal), Smithsonian (Washington). One of the most important events in the evolution of life. Internationally recognized as a world-class fossil locality.

A geological “Rosetta Stone”.
       

The Vision:

The BBFM Society’s goal is to protect, promote and present the geological treasures of Blue Beach for the benefit of all through the creation of a world-class facility.

       

The new Blue Beach Fossil Museum will serve several functions once built.

Research Lab -

Preservation of and collection from a world-class asset. Display of paleontological treasures where they are found. Facilities for ongoing contribution to scientific research. Potential to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Economic Activity -

Creation of a community-driven institute and economic asset. Expansion and development of traditional and Geotourism. Local and regional employment and services opportunities. Potential to attract 25,000+ annual visitors to the area. ~450,000 people within a 100 km / 1 hour drive. Generation of millions of dollars per year in economic spinoff. “Gateway to the Valleys” – Nova Scotia Wine Country

Educational Asset -

New scienc-focused resource for students and public. Enlightenment about the evolution of life on earth. Promotion of awareness for local natural and human history. Creation and facilitating public education programs and outreach. Museum and outdoor educational opportunities.

       

The BBFM Society plans to create a world-class facility with the following ammenities:

Display -

Exhibition space with interactive and interpretive displays. Research library and preparation lab. Multi-media theatre. Multipurpose room for traveling displays, community use.

Other -

Restauraunt and patio serving local products. Formal and interpretive gardens. Gift shop showcasing natural history and science products. Self-guiding interpretive trails and boardwalks. Natural forest trails and vista look-offs.

       

JOIN US

Donate and become a partner to create a world-class fossil museum and research institute at Blue Beach, home to the dawn of the land animals.