The Bedeque Area Historical Museum celebrated its official opening on Canada Day.

The Bedeque Area Historical Society has been preparing for the event for two years, collecting artifacts with historical importance to the area, and renovating The William Callbeck Centre in Central Bedeque.

"The history of this area was beginning to be lost," said society member Sharon Leighton.

"The older generation were dying off, the people who could remember what it was like. And the young people had no way of knowing what life was like for their ancestors, so they wanted to preserve it."

The William Callbeck Centre was home to the Callbeck tailor shop and general store, which opened in 1899 and closed more than 20 years ago.

The museum includes about 3,000 artifacts donated by local historian, Howard Clark. It will be open during the summer months, and by appointment the rest of the year.