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

Family Activities

1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 November Saturdays 10am-4pm: Explorer Saturdays at the NBM: Fort Lore!  Regular admission. Discover early defense activities in New Brunswick through new temporary exhibitions. Understand life in “ye ole fort days” with the help of museum staff. Fun for all ages! Explorer Saturday activities include art instruction, hands-on discovery tours, crafts, cooking and more! (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM

30 October Thursdays 6:30-8pm: Heritage Crafting Evenings: October is Historic Paper Quilling. Free in NBM Foyer. Each Thursday evening throughout the fall and winter. Some evenings will feature guest artists working on their own projects.  Small fee of $2 per project, or bring your own supplies.  Don’t miss these evenings of friendship and fun. Ages 14 to adult. (Bilingual) 

30 October Thursday 6:30-7:30pm: Halloween Surprise at the NBM. Regular admission.  Learn real stories of New Brunswick’s spooky and gooey environment, as well as chilling stories experienced by those who came before us. Storytelling, crafting and treats. Boo! (Bilingual)

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November Sundays 2pm: Exhibition Highlights by NBM volunteer Wayne Webb. Regular Admission.  Discover the NBM exhibitions through the eyes of this long-term volunteer. (In English)

3 November Monday 1:30pm or 6:30pm: New Brunswick Museum Collections Centre Open House. Free admission. Pre-register 643-2349/1-888-268-9595. Space limited. Take a look behind-the-scenes with a 2 ½ hour guided tour of the NBM’s Collections Centre, 277 Douglas Avenue.

6, 13, 20, and 27 November Thursdays 6:30-8pm: Heritage Crafting Evenings: November is Macramé Memories. Free in NBM Foyer. Each Thursday evening throughout the fall and winter. Some evenings will feature guest artists working on their own projects.  Small fee of $2 per project, or bring your own supplies.  Don’t miss these evenings of friendship and fun. Ages 14 to adult. (Bilingual)

8 November Saturday 10:30am-12pm: NBM Archives Talk – There’s no place like home: war from the home front. Regular admission. Pre-register by 6 November 4pm: 643-2349/1-888-268-9595. Join us and explore the NBM’s Archives to discover material from the Home Front in NB during WWI and WWII – war gardens, rationing, industry, war correspondence, social activities etc., and also enjoy a tour of the Archives & Research Library.  (In English)

8 November Saturday 12pm-4pm:  The Archives and Research Library will be open on this Saturday 8 November for general research from 12pm to 4pm in addition to their regular hours.

8 November Saturday 2pm: Author Book Talk and Signing at the NBM: Saint John Ghosts by David Goss. Free admission. Mr. Goss has collected many stories around Saint John since his interest on this topic was sparked over 40 years ago, culminating in this book Saint John Ghosts.  Several stories of ghostly or unusual encounters with the otherworldly will be shared, and some new tales told that have come in as a result of this book. (In English)

11 November Tuesday 12pm-5pm: Visit the New Brunswick Museum and fill your afternoon with Wartime Memories themed stories and family craft activities.  Free admission for veterans and their families. (Bilingual)

12 November Wednesday 7pm: Author Book Talk and Signing at the NBM. Free admission. Join Dr. Randy Miller, NBM Curator and Author Peggy Couper to learn about her discovery of her family’s past. “Deborah’s Letters” is a poignant story of loss, and discovery of her Matthew roots. This book is a tribute to the late Deborah Barbour Butterfield, granddaughter of George Frederic Matthew, an early founder of the New Brunswick Museum. (In English)

15 November Saturday 10am-5pm: New Brunswick Museum in partnership with Market Square offers daytime family fun in advance of the Annual Santa Claus Parade. Free Admission. Enjoy “The Great Octonaut Hunting Adventure!”... in the Hall of Great Whales. (Bilingual)

22 November Saturday 1:30pm: Clyde Wray Poet, Playwright and Director, and Debbie Adshade, Singer/songwriter, present “The Way We Remember” in the Hall of Great Whales.  Regular Admission. (In English)

Frequent Shopper Bonus Points at the New Brunswick Museum Shop November 15-30!
Receive double points on everything in the Shop! Take this opportunity to purchase beautiful and unique, locally-made pieces, including jewelry and pottery and other hard-to-find items, as gifts for others or yourself! Double Frequent Shopper stamps for each $20 (before taxes) that you spend.  With 10 stamps, you will obtain a $20 NBM gift card for use in the NBM. The Museum Shop is pleased to represent more than 50 talented New Brunswick and Maritime craftspeople and is excited to introduce a wide variety of new locally made products for the holiday season including items from Terra Bijou Jewelry, Route 102 Hand Made Goods, Crimmins Pottery, David Meade, Maritime Maple Works and more.

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!