Built in 1910, the museum is a decommissioned Roman Catholic Church in the former parish of Notre-Dame du Mont-Carmel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo: DP

The Musée culturel du Mont-Carmel is a nonprofit cultural museum dedicated to the preservation and development of Acadian and Québecois culture and history in the St. John Valley of northern Maine. The museum was founded in 1984 and is operated by the Association culturelle et historique du Mont-Carmel.

Emerging from the fields in the village of Lille sur-St-Jean, this former Roman Catholic Church has been undergoing extensive restoration and offers an impressive collection of religious artifacts and vestments, sculptures, folk art, Acadian and Québecois pine furniture and artifacts from as early as the 18th century. Cultural programming includes lectures, exhibitions, and events such as traditional singing and theatrical performances. Plans are for a gallery to feature traditional and contemporary art, as well as a permanent exhibit of the museum’s folk collection.