Built in 1958 by Bedford residents to commemorate construction of the original French & Indian War fort in 1758,
Fort Bedford Museum houses over 4,000 objects from Bedford’s past.
For 57 years, the Museum displayed its entire collection as many museums once did: in rows of wood and glass cases.
In 2015, the Bedford Heritage Trust began a five-year plan to renovate and update Fort Bedford’s exhibits, collections management practices, and educational programming. If you haven’t visited us lately, come see what we’ve done!! Two new interpretive exhibits—Becoming Bedford and Cave to Empire—are now open, and we’re planning a major celebration for 2018: the Museum’s 60th and original Fort’s 260th anniversaries!
A RICH COLLECTION OF LOCAL & REGIONAL HISTORY
And your kids will too! Kids at summer camp will experience excavations of artifacts in our own backyard.
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Learn the story of Bedford’s Native Peoples from the age of the Paleoindian through Contact with Europeans.
The exhibit tells the story from the first primitive settlements to the dynamic entrepreneurs who influenced the Bedford's growth from 1790s through 1920s.
We are thankful for our generous sponsors: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, White Historic Art, and Mari-Pat Beene. Special recognition to Suzanne Trussell, CORLEation Marketing & Design, Beene Creative Design, Bedford Fine Art Gallery and James Hostettler.
Our next, and most ambitious, goal is the transformation of the Museum’s French & Indian War exhibit. The Fort Bedford Museum should present stories of the original fort, Forbes Road, and the “clash of empires” that caused the French & Indian War in the most compelling way possible. Your support will bring this exhibit to fruition.
Artifacts take maintenance and it takes a caring, experienced, professional hand. Your adoption is an act of preservation and will help to keep it on display for all to enjoy.