On May 21, from 3-5 p.m. the Museum of the Flat Earth will open its doors to the public for the first time.
The museum is located at the Flat Earth Outpost building at 642 Main Road, Shoal Bay, Fogo Island, next to Cull’s Foodland.
The Museum of the Flat Earth was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in January 2016, founded by Kay Burns.
This small, unique museum has been years in the making – the artifacts and information it contains represent well over a decade of research and exploration of ideas pertaining to the flat earth. The museum sits at the intersection of fact and fiction and presents documents and objects that reflect the history of the Flat Earth Society within Canada, and some of the Society’s early members.
Much of the research was conducted at the University of New Brunswick Special Collections, which houses the archives of the original Flat Earth Society of Canada from the 1970s. Now, selected materials from the archives combined with embellished creations of flat earth theories and flat earth society members form the delightful and quirky displays within the walls of the museum.
The Museum will have its grand opening on Sunday and will welcome tourists, visitors, and local residents to view and contemplate the collection of artifacts throughout the summer.
Each summer the Museum will reopen to share its displays with the curious public. Portions of the collection will be made available to tour to other national and international Museums as appropriate. Over the summer the Museum of the Flat Earth will also offer some special programs and events highlighting aspects of the collection and the work of the Flat Earth Society of Canada.
The Museum has a board of directors consisting of Kay Burns (Fogo Island), Curtis Burns (Fogo Island), Pauline Payne (Fogo Island), and Michael Pittman (Grand Falls-Windsor). The Museum Curator is Dr. Iris Taylor, president of the Flat Earth Society of Canada (and performance persona of artist Kay Burns).
The Museum does not own the collection, all artifacts and materials are on indefinite loan from private collections.
The displays in the Museum of the Flat Earth tell the story of Bartholomew Seeker’s life and his flat earth experiences on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
The Flat Earth Society of Canada began in Fredericton, NB in 1970. Bartholomew was an active member before and after his move to Fogo Island. The artifacts in the Museum pertain to Bartholomew, and to the history and evolution of the Flat Earth Society of Canada.
The Museum of the Flat Earth has a page on Facebook where you can learn about this unique initiative.