What's Happening Calendar


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

Winter admission hours at the NBM are now in effect.

Family Activities

25 February Saturday 10am-4pm: February is Heritage Month – Celebrate Canada's 150th and the NBM's 175th! Regular admission. Explore fascinating stories about the origins of Canada, New Brunswick, and the New Brunswick Museum! Family activities every Saturday include interactive gallery tours, demonstrations, crafts, baking, and more! (Bilingual)

4, 11, 18, and 25 March Saturdays 10am-4pm: Discover the Franklin. Regular admission. Explore the Franklin Museum Network Pop-up Exhibition all month long at the NBM with discovery, baking and crafting activities. (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM

23, and 26 February Thursday and Sunday: The NBM will be offering FREE admission on Thursdays and Sundays during the month of February.

23 February Thursday 6:30-8pm: Handmade at the NBM: Rug Hooking. Free in NBM Foyer. Learn basic rug hooking skills at the NBM this month. Take part in group instruction or work on individual projects in the company of friends. Fee of $2 per project or bring your own supplies. Don’t miss out on these evenings of friendship and fun! Ages 14 to adult. (Bilingual)

Educational programme for all ages – Celebrate Canada’s 150th and the New Brunswick Museum’s 175th this month at the NBM! Join NBM interpreters as they highlight some of the artifacts and specimens associated with the beginnings of Canada and of the NBM! Help to celebrate and remember these momentous anniversaries by contributing to a Heritage Month Memory Book. We request that you book your program in advance. Call (506) 643-2349 / 1-888-268-9595 for more information. (Bilingual)

2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 March Thursdays 6:30-8pm: Handmade at the NBM: Ukrainian Egg Decorating. Free in NBM Foyer. Learn how to create intricately beautiful designs at the NBM this month. Take part in group instruction or work on individual projects in the company of friends. Fee of $2 per project or bring your own supplies. Don’t miss out on these evenings of friendship and fun! Ages 14 to adult. (Bilingual)

3 March Friday 5pm-7pm: Join the New Brunswick Museum to celebrate the opening of the exhibition On a Silver Platter with artist Mathieu Léger. 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 28 February. The artist would like to acknowledge artsnb, New Brunswick Museum, and Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation for their support.    

6-10 March: March Break at the New Brunswick Museum – “Navigating the Franklin Expedition” – The storied search for the lost Franklin expedition will be brought to light at the NBM this March break. Discovery, baking, and crafting activities, happening every day, will highlight this discovery, anchored in the Canadian identity. Regular admission. In addition to the Franklin Museum Network Pop-up Exhibit, temporary exhibitions “Suzanne Hill: Singular,” “Nurses Association of NB-1916-2016- One Hundred Years of Progress,” Mathieu Léger’s “On a Silver Platter”, and “Earth – Water – Sky” are waiting for you at the NBM Exhibition Centre. For March Break only, the NBM Exhibition Centre will be open 6 March Monday 9am-5pm.  (Bilingual)

12 March Sunday 1:30-4pm: BiotaNB Field Lab Open House at the NBM. Regular admission. BiotaNB is an annual NBM-led scientific research event that takes place in New Brunswick’s Protected Natural Areas. Visit the BiotaNB Open House at the NBM and discover the results of several research seasons in the field through a variety of activities including interacting with researchers while they prepare and preserve small mammal specimens for research purposes. Experience New Brunswick Museum’s fieldwork through several new videos. (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 7th New Brunswick Day
  • August 15th Acadian Day
  • 28, 29 and 30 December Holiday Fun Days at the NBM!