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

Summer admission rates and hours at the NBM are now in effect.

Summer admission rates (15 May to 31 October): Adult Admission - $8.00; Seniors - $6; Children / Students - $4.50; Family - $17.00

Family Activities

NBM Explorer Days are EVERY DAY in July and August!  Regular admission. These family adventures are for the young and young at heart.  Join the NBM for a full day of themed activities including art instruction, experiments, face painting, eco-friendly educational crafting, old fashioned games, and gallery discovery programmes. Face painting noon-1pm daily. A day pass at the NBM ensures you can plan your day to capture all of the excitement. Extreme Summer Fun. (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM

30 July Thursday 6:30-7:30pm: New Brunswick Museum Walk - Prince William Street Walk. Regular admission. Join a NBM Interpreter for a discovery walk and discover the geoscience heritage of Saint John by visiting buildings featured in the guide Rebuilt in Stone: Geology and the Stone Buildings of Saint John, New Brunswick. Meet at the New Brunswick Museum Reception Desk. (Bilingual)

3 August Monday 12-5 pm: New Brunswick Day at the NBM. Free Admission. Come and celebrate New Brunswick’s great stories and engaging gallery activities throughout the day. Where else can you enjoy all things New Brunswick? (Bilingual)

6 August Thursday 6:30-7:30pm: New Brunswick Museum Walk - The Heyday of Shipbuilding in Saint John. Regular admission. Join a NBM Interpreter for a discovery walk and learn about New Brunswick in the 1800s and why it was known the world over for its wooden sailing vessels. Enjoy shipbuilding stories and the people that made them famous. Meet at the New Brunswick Museum Reception Desk. (Bilingual)

15 August Saturday 10am-5pm: Acadian Day Fun at the New Brunswick Museum! Free Admission. National Acadian Day. Discover historic and contemporary Acadia at the New Brunswick Museum. Experience storytelling, musical entertainment with the Famille Babineau at 1pm, Acadian treats at 1pm, Acadian-themed face-painting 1pm-3pm, an uptown walking tintamarre (joy-filled noisemaking parade!), and lots of fun for everyone! The tintamarre walking parade leaves the NBM Reception Desk at 3:00pm. Cakes and refreshments will be offered at the NBM foyer at 4pm by the Association Régionale de la Communauté francophone de Saint-Jean (ARCf). Everyone can experience the colour, sound, and flavor of the rich Acadian culture of New Brunswick. (Bilingual)


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 3rd New Brunswick Day
  • August 15th Acadian Day
  • November 21st Santa Claus Parade Day
  • 27, 29 and 30 December Holiday Fun Days at the NBM!