O'Leary, Prince Edward, Canada: Canadian Potato Museum: Giant Potato

With a giant potato outside its front door and, inside, a display of diseased potatoes in tiny coffins. The museum expanded in 2012, and now pays tribute to all of Canada's potatoes.

Prince Edward Island Potato Museum

Address:
1 Heritage Lane, O'Leary, PE, Canada
Directions:
Prince Edward Island Potato Museum. Hwy 2 West from Summerside to Tignish. Turn left on Route 142. After entering the town of O'Leary just past the Community Sports Centre, turn left on Parkview Avenue and left again on Dewar Lane/Heritage Lane.
Hours:
May 15 - Oct. 15 M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
902-859-2039
Admission:
Adults $6, Families $14. Costs almost $40 to leave PEI.
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Potato coffin. Canada's Potato Museum

One can't help compare the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum to the Potato Expo Center in Blackfoot, Idaho. This museum is much larger and has more extensive displays, the best of which is a collection of diseased potatoes in coffins. They have a kitchen with free small samples of various potato confections, and there is, of course, a giant potato outside. All that's missing are the World's Largest Potato Crisp and the free taters for out-of-staters offered in Blackfoot.

[Craig S. Thom, 07/12/2002]

The Prince Edward Island Potato Museum finally got the credit it deserved when it was expanded and renamed The Canadian Potato Museum in June 2012.

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