What's Happening Calendar

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

Special winter hours at the NBM are now in effect.

Family Activities

30 April Saturday 10am-4pm: "The Nature of Art". Regular admission. Art is all around us, from the feathers on a bird or the lichen on a rock, to the fossils and tides in the Bay of Fundy! Experience the "Nature of Art" through hands on tours, demonstrations, crafting and baking activities. (Bilingual)

7, 14, 21, and 28 May Saturdays 10am-4pm: Magnificent Museums!  Regular admission. Celebrate the magnificent collections 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

28 April Thursday 6:30-8pm: Heritage Crafting Evenings: April is Cross Stitch. Free in NBM Foyer. 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)

28 April Thursday 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Visit the School District Anglophone South Heritage Fair to view creative student projects celebrating local history. Regular Admission. At 6:30pm participate in the Awards ceremony in the Atrium of Market Square.

8 May is Mother's Day. Select that perfect Mother's Day gift at the Museum Shop from a wide variety of new locally made products arriving daily including jewelry, pottery, toys and games, books and more! Remember to ask about your Museum Shop Frequent Shopper Card. Shop and Save!

13 May Friday 4pm-6pm: Gallery Hop. Free admission. Start the Gallery Hop at the New Brunswick Museum, with the temporary exhibition Four Turns of a Key: Metalwork by Elma Johnston McKay.

18 May Wednesday 9am-5pm: International Museums Day. Free admission. Celebrate the New Brunswick Museum with guided exhibition tours, interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities. (Bilingual) 
18 May Wednesday 3 pm: Uptown Saint John Walk. Free admission. As part of International Museums Day, join a NBM Interpreter for a guided walk and discover the cultural landscape of Uptown Saint John. Meet at the New Brunswick Museum Reception Desk. (Bilingual)

29 May Sunday 1-5pm: Art Workshop at the NBM - Natural Dyes with Denise Richard. $90 NBM members, $110 non-members. Pre-register by 22 May 643 2349/1-888-268-9595. Hand-dye a silk scarf using all natural dyes guided by professional New Brunswick textile artist, Denise Richard. (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
  • 27, 28 and 29 December Holiday Fun Days at the NBM!