3 February 2009

New Brunswick Museum Announces Free Admission Throughout February 2009


New Brunswick Museum Director and CEO Jane Fullerton announced today that general admission to the Museum will be free throughout the month of February.  “We’re very excited to celebrate not just Heritage Day or Week, but a whole month of New Brunswick’s heritage,” Fullerton commented.

“We know that the cost of admission is a barrier for some of those who would like to visit the Museum,” Fullerton acknowledged.  “Waiving general admission fees this month is one way we can help make the provincial museum accessible to more New Brunswickers.”  Fees will be charged for school programs and other guided tours; the price is a modest $2 per pupil for school groups.

During their February visits, Museum goers can explore the story of shipbuilding in New Brunswick, find out what life was like in a lumber camp, be guaranteed a whale sighting or discover important fossil finds in the Museum’s permanent galleries. A number of temporary exhibitions are also featured including L’Esprit de Grand-Pré, a series of paintings by Acadian artist Georgette Bourgeois; Eco Mondo, a trip around the world investigating environmental problems that affect human health; and Saint John: An Industrial City in Transition, which presents recent insights about the community. Staff is on hand to conduct tours, offer activities and answer questions.

Museum theorists such as Elaine Heumann Gurian suggest that admission fees may be the single biggest obstacle preventing museums from being open and accessible to the widest range of visitors from all income levels and backgrounds. Museums in the United States and Europe that have introduced free admission have seen significant increases in attendance.

The New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre is located in Market Square, at the foot of King Street, in Uptown Saint John. The Museum 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.

New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre, Market Square, Saint John.

For more information: 1 888 268 9595 or 506 643 2300