16 February 2011

Free Admission February Returns to the New Brunswick Museum!


Free admission February returns to the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John!  New and returning NBM visitors are invited once again to experience some New Brunswick Museum highlights with free general admission for the month of February. Everyone is welcome! Come often and bring your friends and family for a day full of interesting stories and activities for all ages.

New Brunswick Museum CEO Jane Fullerton commented, “We are very pleased to welcome everyone to the New Brunswick Museum! February is a great time to explore the NBM free of charge and to experience some of what we have to offer.”

Last February more than 7000 visitors walked through the doors of the New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre at Market Square.  Some had never visited the NBM Exhibition Center before and were surprised at the quality of the NBM displays - fifteen galleries on three levels, and at the great interpreter-led programmes.

During this February, NBM visitors can explore New Brunswick’s marine heritage and see a life-size model of a North American Right Whale in the magnificent Hall of the Great Whales; hike Our Changing Earth geological trail through time and discover fossils of giant trilobites, scorpions, and a reconstructed skeleton of a 100,000-year-old mastodon fossil found in Hillsborough.  Enjoy exquisite furnishings and magnificent artworks from New Brunswick and around the world, or try out a hands-on activity in the Discovery Gallery.

A number of temporary exhibitions are also featured including:

Invisible Worlds – Toby Graser, Suzanne Hill, Kathy Hooper – features the work of three of New Brunswick’s finest artists who have had an important impact and influence on contemporary art practice in the region.  Produced by Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

The Lamp and the Union: Nursing in Twentieth Century New Brunswick - presents a brief overview of the story of nursing in New Brunswick and features a sampling of artifacts from the NBM’s New Brunswick Nursing History Collection.  Produced in cooperation with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Nurses Union.

The Colour of the Seasons : Paintings by Catharine McAvity – provides an overview of the work of New Brunswick painter, Catharine McAvity (1915-1999).  The exhibition celebrates her masterful exploration of landscape form and experiments with colour as it also chronicles her struggles, both personal and creative, in her efforts to establish a career as a serious artist.

Regard… Strathbutler 20 years - featured works from NBM’s permanent Strathbutler Collection represent each of the twenty artists who have won this prestigious visual arts award.

Promenade of the Premiers - An interactive digital display provides information to Museum visitors on 31 former Premiers of New Brunswick.  This is part of a larger project of the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission to honour the premiers of New Brunswick since Confederation.

Watch for program staff while on your visit for intriguing stories, activities, and answers to your questions. Celebrate Heritage Week’s theme, New Brunswick Forests, all month long from woodsmen to artists, birds to bugs, you’ll learn a lot about the dependence on the forests of New Brunswick.

The New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre is located in Market Square, at the foot of King Street, in Uptown Saint John. The NBM is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm. There are fees for some programmes (school programmes, birthday parties, workshops, facility rentals, etc.) Check the website or call for more information.

For further information on February activities, check the NBM website at www.nbm-mnb.ca or call 643 2300 or 1 888 268 9595.

For further information:

Caitlin Griffiths
Communications and Marketing
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: (506) 643-7666
Toll-free: 1-888-268-9595
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