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Family Activities, This Week at the NBM,
Information, Annual Events

Winter admission hours at the NBM are now in effect.

Family Activities

10, 17, and 31 December Saturdays 10am-4pm: A Blizzard of Fun! Regular admission. Take the chill out of winter and join the NBM for an indoor blizzard of fun! Learn all about how people, plants, and animals have been coping with New Brunswick winters for as long as they’ve been here, while warming up with interactive gallery tours, demonstrations, crafts, experiments, and baking activities – no mittens required! (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM

10 December Saturday 10:30am-12pm: NBM Archives Talk - Spirit of the Season. Regular admission. Pre-register by 9 December 4pm at: 643-2349/1-888-268-9595. Explore the NBM’s Archives and discover material from seasonal celebrations throughout New Brunswick’s past. (In English) NBM Archives are located at 277 Douglas Avenue, Saint John in the NBM Collections and Research Centre.

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

15 December Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm: Celebrate 2016 with the New Brunswick Museum at the NBM’s Annual Holiday Reception. RSVP 506-643-2349/1-888-268-9595 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 14 December. On this evening only, members will receive a 20% discount in the gift shop.

15, and 22 December Thursdays 6:30-8pm: Handmade at the NBM: Paper Quilling!  Free in NBM Foyer. Learn about and practice this intricately beautiful crafting technique (just in time to make some truly unique holiday cards!), or work on individual project in the company of friends. Fee of $2 per paper quilling project or bring your own supplies. Don’t miss out on these evenings of friendship and fun! Ages 14 to adult. (Bilingual)

New Brunswick Museum Shop open 7 days a week until 23 December for your shopping convenience: The Museum Shop features many unique and beautiful locally created gift ideas – pottery, jewelry, woodworking, glass and so much more – the perfect place to pick up the perfect gift. With purchase, enter to win NBM Holiday Gift Basket featuring beautiful New Brunswick made products and NBM Membership for a year. Gift with Purchase! Spend $100 or more and receive a free copy of NBM’s Portraits: New Brunswick Painters or spend $50 and receive a copy for $10.

28, 29, and 30 December 12-5pm: Our Holiday Gift to You! NBM Free Admission Days. Bring your friends and family for heritage story-telling, and creative activities for all ages. Explore three floors of magnificent galleries! (Bilingual)
Watch the Every Living Thing – Experiencing a Bioblitz film featuring the NBM in the Grand Lake Protected Natural Area 2013-14; directed by Kent Martin, produced by Lloyd Salomone of Flower Power Production Inc. (In English)  



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) 643-2349/1-888-268-9595 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We request that you book your program at least 24 hours in advance.

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.



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

School and Youth Groups, Adult Groups, Senior Groups, Tea and Tour Special programs 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 1st New Brunswick Day
  • August 15th Acadian Day
  • 28, 29 and 30 December Holiday Fun Days at the NBM!