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Family Activities, This Week at the NBM,
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Family Activities

13, 20, and 27 September Saturdays 10am-4pm: Explorer Saturdays at the NBM: BAY OF FUNDY ROCKS! Regular admission. Many astonishing facts are in the collection of the New Brunswick Museum.  Did you know the museum has the world’s oldest known fossil reptile tracks in its collection?  Learn about this discovery and other amazing rocks and minerals of the Bay of Fundy!  Explorer Saturday activities include art instruction, hands-on discovery tours, crafts, cooking and more! (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM

11 September Thursday 5-7pm: Join the New Brunswick Museum and Stonehammer Global Geopark at the NBM Exhibition Centre for the opening of two new exhibitions – Future Fossil Tools: Early Explorations by Carol Taylor and Forming a Vision: The Art and Geology of the Stonehammer Geopark and for the launch of the Stonehammer Geopark Field Guide.

18 September Thursday 5-8pm: Join the Stonehammer Geopark at the Market Square Atrium and Boardwalk in an interactive and engaging community event to welcome the delegates of the 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks from 30+ countries around the world. There will be live musical entertainment on the Main Stage of the Boardwalk, local artisan market in Loyalist Plaza, Sculpture Saint John will be open late and other activities to share our Canadian Culture with visitors from around the world. 

19-22 September, 2014: The 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks hosted by the Stonehammer Geopark will welcome over 400 delegates from around the globe (over 30 countries) to the Saint John region. On Thursday, September 18, 5pm - 8pm an exciting and interactive community event will be held at the Market Square, Saint John. NBM is the Hub for Stonehammer Geopark and is proud to support the conference. Drawing on the NBM’s collection, ‘Our Changing Earth’ is the permanent Earth Science gallery at the museum, featuring many Stonehammer Geopark stories. Fossils include the world's first documented Precambrian stromatolite and specimens of the first Cambrian trilobites found in Canada.

23 September Tuesday 7pm: Author Book Talk and Signing at the NBM: The 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot in the War of 1812. Free admission. Join author John R. Grodzinski for a book talk and signing of his publication The 104th (New Brunswick) Regiment of Foot in the War of 1812. The 104th Regiment of Foot is best known for its perilous Winter March up the St. John River to the battlefields of Upper Canada. Until recently the story of the 104th had largely been forgotten, until the bicentenary of the War of 1812 revived interest in this regiment. (In English).

New Brunswick Museum celebrates Culture Days 2014

26, 27, 28 September - Free art activities each day in the Main Foyer of the New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Center. (Bilingual).

27 September Saturday 2pm – A local dance troupe will offer an engaging dance presentation in the New Brunswick Museum Hall of Great Whales. Regular admission.

28 September Sunday 12pm – 5pm:  Free Admission to the NBM Exhibition Centre.  Try out various art activities, from imaginative “future fossil” clay works to watercolour bookmarks. (Bilingual).

27 September Saturday 10:30 am-12pm: NBM Archives Talk – With these Hands: the history of Artisans in New Brunswick. Regular admission. Pre-register by 25 September 4pm: 643-2349/1-888-268-9595. Visit the NBM Archives and explore centuries of the rich mosaic of NB artists, artisans, and craftspeople. (In English)

27 September Saturday 12pm-4pm:  The Archives and Research Library will be open on this Saturday 27 September for general research from 12pm to 4pm in addition to their regular hours.

Special Programs requiring pre-registration, offered all summer!  Great for you and your summer guests .....

Whale of a Time!
Whale sightings, of the up close and personal kind, are guaranteed at the New Brunswick Museum! You’ll head indoors for this whale-watching experience, put on a lab coat and gain incredible insight into these mysterious ocean giants from a point of view you just can’t get out on the water. Examine real whale bones and discover what you have in common with these enormous mammals. You’ll know just ‘how big is big’ when it comes to a whale! People of all ages will leave the museum as ‘Bay of Fundy Tide Experts’ with great stories of the whales and the world-famous tides, this time through the eyes of a knowledgeable guide.  $15/person, minimum 4 guests Daily at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. 90-minute duration. Reservations required: (506) 643-2349/1-88-268-9595 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Discover Uptown Saint John

A one-of-a-kind discovery tour you won’t want to miss while visiting the city of Saint John! Museum interpreters offer a fun and engaging experience as you explore Uptown Saint John. Join us at the museum entrance to begin your 2-hour tour. Your guide will take you through the city (we’re bringing props in case you are easily distracted!). Walk alongside the harbour, listen to its colourful history; take in the sights and sounds, stop for a photo-op beside the full-size moose. Head uptown where you’ll get an up close look at the distinctive streetscape, a display of fine period architecture and outstanding craftsmanship. $15/person Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations required: (506) 643-2349/1-88-268-9595 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Museum memberships available, call (506) 643-2300 or 1-888-268-9595.

School and Youth Groups ($2.50 per child), Adult Groups ($5.75 per person), Senior Groups ($5.75 per person), Tea and Tour Special programs ($8 per person) available by appointment. Group rates apply to groups of eight or more.

NBM Birthday Parties for all ages! Book your birthday party at the NBM to receive a fun, interactive tour of a museum gallery & room rental for your festivities. $13. Per person. Some restrictions apply for room use. Please book two weeks in advance. Call (506) 643-2349 for more information.

Workshops require pre-registration at least one week before event by calling (506) 643-2349. Members enjoy a 20% discount on workshops where noted.

Annual Events

Watch for these annual events celebrated at the New Brunswick Museum:

  • March Break Fun at the NBM
  • Robert Bateman National Writing and Art Contest for Youth
  • Spring - Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshops
  • April Earth Day Activities in the Museum Galleries
  • May 18th International Museums Day
  • June 21st National Aboriginal Day
  • July 1st Canada Day
  • August 5th New Brunswick Day
  • August 15th Acadian Day
  • November 16th Santa Claus Parade Day
  • 27, 28 and 29 December Holiday Fun Days at the NBM!