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

27 May Saturday 10am-4pm: Magnificent Museums! Regular admission. Celebrate the magnificent collections and activities of the NBM. Get introduced to some of the people who created the foundation of this extraordinary collection through storytelling and hands-on activities. Activities include art instruction, hands-on discovery tours, crafts, cooking and more! (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM

25 May Thursday 6:30-8pm: Handmade at the NBM - Macramé. Free in NBM Foyer. Learn how to create various styles of macramé this month at the NBM. 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)

18 May Thursday 9am-9pm: International Museums Day. Free admission. Celebrate the New Brunswick Museum with guided exhibition tours, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities.

At 11am explore the True Nordic exhibition through an NBM interpreter led tour that underlines New Brunswick’s contributions to the creative dialogue of the Nordic aesthetic influence in Canadian design.
At 12:30pm and 6:30pm join the NBM to celebrate its 175th anniversary with a birthday cake in the NBM Exhibition Centre foyer. 

Don’t miss! From 5:30-8:30pm: Celebrate the NIGHT at the New Brunswick Museum this International Museums Day. Free admission. Join NBM interpreters as they shine a light through the darkness of new temporary exhibition Worlds of the Night to expose the incredible things happening as you sleep. From dreams to nocturnal animals to glow in the dark caves, this interactive event, full of storytelling and campfire songs, will uncover things that go bump in the night! (Bilingual)

27 May Saturday 10am-12pm: Join the New Brunswick Museum to help clean up Harbour Passage! This community cleanup event gives the opportunity to take direct action in protecting and preserving the natural environment. This event is offered in conjunction with The Vancouver Aquarium in celebration of Canada 150. All debris collected will be recorded by the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in order to better understand coastal pollution! Meet at the Harbour Passage by the new Fort Latour murals.

27 May Saturday 10am-3pm: Join the NBM at the Market Square Atrium, Saint John to discover Vancouver Aquarium's AquaVan, housing some of the ocean’s most curious marine invertebrates, from sea cucumbers to crabs to sea stars. Get up close with these fascinating aquatic creatures, and gain a better understanding of their ecosystems and what we can do to protect them. This stop is part of the signature national program selected by the Government of Canada, AquaVan150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines, a coast-to-coast tour to inspire pride and engage Canadians to protect our oceans. 



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!