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Franklin P. Perdue Museum of Business & Entrepreneurship

The Franklin P. Perdue Museum and Archives is located on the north side of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business. The Perdue Museum is one of the nation’s only university-based museums dedicated to the proposition that students of business will be better prepared for work and life by learning about the real life behavior and business decisions of a visionary and entrepreneurial company through primary sources and interpretive displays.

Frank Perdue is a local success story. But, more than that, Frank Perdue’s success is a story of tenacity and a commitment to doing the best one can to succeed.

I got my philosophy from my father. He was a quality minded individual. He didn’t do it halfway; he did it completely and the best he knew how.
Frank Perdue

Throughout his lifetime, Frank Perdue’s passion and drive became legendary. The exhibits you will see throughout the museum cover the history to date of the company founded in 1920 by his parents, Arthur and Pearl Perdue, and continuing under his son Jim’s leadership today. But it was Frank’s leadership that began the company on a journey to worldwide expansion.

Well, I just loved what I was doing, and I couldn’t get enough of it
Frank Perdue

Frank was born on his parents’ farm outside of Salisbury in 1920. As a student at Maryland State Teachers College (now Salisbury University), Frank played on the school baseball team and had thoughts of making baseball his career. But he joined his father in business instead, and that simple decision defined the rest of his life and helped shape the modern poultry industry.

Frank Perdue was proud of his Salisbury roots, his family and his company. Ever humble, he always gave credit for the company’s success to the foundation of quality established by his father.

My desire is that for generations to come they will follow the edict of my father, really, which was the seeking of quality. And better service and better reliability. We just want to be the best at what we do.
Frank Perdue

Visit the Museum

The Museum was fully renovated and enlarged in honor of Perdue Farms’ Centennial in 2020, and is now open Monday - Friday from 10AM until 4PM. Tours at other times can be arranged by calling:

The Perdue Museum is located in Salisbury University’s Perdue Hall, located off U.S. Business Route 13

Please contact Salisbury University Parking Services for a parking pass before visiting the museum.

Inside view of the Perdue Museum

SU and Perdue Farms Revamp Perdue Museum

One of the only campus-based business museums in the United States, the Franklin P. Perdue Museum of Business and Entrepreneurship at Salisbury University serves as a teaching tool and inspiration for future entrepreneurs. Originally opened in Perdue Hall in 2011, the museum has been updated with new and interesting exhibits, celebrating Perdue Farms as the company moves into its second century of innovation and leadership.