What's Happening Calendar

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

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

Winter admission rates (1 November to 14 May): Adult Admission - $7.00; Seniors - $5.50; Children / Students - $4.00; Family - $15.00

Family Activities

28 November Saturday 10am–4pm: Explorer Saturdays at the NBM - 1812: New Brunswick’s Story. Regular admission. Over two hundred years ago, New Brunswick soldiers in the 104th Regiment of Foot made their historic march from Fredericton to Kingston, Ontario in the winter snow while other New Brunswickers were engaging in dramatic naval activities. Learn all about this and more through fun and interactive activities at the New Brunswick Museum, sure to be enjoyed by all ages! (Bilingual)

5, 12, and 19 December Saturdays 10am-4pm: Explorer Saturdays at the NBM - A Blizzard of fun! Regular admission. A variety of new interactive learning adventures are guaranteed to take the chill out of winter and add in lots of fun! Family activities include interactive gallery tours, demonstrations, crafts, and baking! (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM

26 November Thursday 7pm: Illustrated Talk at the NBM: “New Brunswick’s Airmen in the Great War”. Free admission. Join Brent Wilson of UNB’s Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society to learn about New Brunswickers’ role as airmen, serving as pilots, observers and ground crew at home and overseas, in the Great War of 1914. This lecture will describe these airmen’s backgrounds and their experiences during the early days of the war in the air. (In English)

26 November Thursday 6:30pm-8pm: Heritage Crafting Evenings: November is Crochet. 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)

Frequent Shopper Bonus Points at the New Brunswick Museum Shop November 14-29!
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! 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 Fibres of Life, Hidden House Pottery, David Meade, TerraBijou Jewelry, Deborah Payne, Anointment Natural Skin Care, and Nu Ceramics.

3 December Thursday 7pm: NBM Curator and Conservator Talk: The Tale of Two Flags. Free admission. Discover the story behind the Colours of NB’s 104th Regiment of Foot. (In English)

3, 10, 17, and 31 December Thursdays 6:30pm-8pm: Heritage Crafting Evenings: December is Historic Paper Quilling. 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)

4 December Friday 5-8pm: New Brunswick Museum Shop Open House. As part of Uptown Sparkles, An Old Fashioned Holiday Uptown Open House, join the Museum Shop for an evening of holiday splendor with refreshments and specials!  New products that will please everyone on your holiday list! Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookie. With purchase, enter to win NBM Holiday Gift Basket featuring beautiful New Brunswick made products and NBM Membership for a year. Gift with Purchase! Spend $100 or more and receive a free copy of NBM’s Portraits: New Brunswick Painters or spend $50 and receive a copy for $10.

12 December Saturday 10:30am-12pm: NBM Archives Talk - Spirit of the Season. Regular admission. Pre-register by 11 December 4pm at: 643-2349/1-888-268-9595. Explore the NBM’s Archives and discover material from seasonal celebrations throughout New Brunswick’s past. NBM Archives are located at 277 Douglas Avenue in the NBM Collections and Research Centre. (In English)

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


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!