Provincial Fisheries Museum

People take a look around the Fisheries Museum in Basin Head. The Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island wants the government to move ahead with a long-promised central museum. (Tourism PEI)

An Island conservation and natural history group is urging the province to move ahead with planning a provincial museum that was promised more than five years ago.

The Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island says there is no clear plan for where the natural history and history museum will be built, or when.

President Ian Scott said when the Liberals were in Opposition they campaigned for a museum. After forming government, the Liberals announced the project in November 2008. 

“But as of recent it's kind of gotten into a very low level of priority," he said. "It appears to us in terms of public statements that there is just no clear direction at all.”

Tourism and Culture Minister Rob Henderson told CBC News in November there was no money for the project at the moment.

Scott’s comments come a month after another group, the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation, said it was looking for the government to make progress on the museum promise.

The foundation operates seven smaller sites across the Island, but has a large inventory of artifacts it wants to display in a central museum.