New Brunswick Museum and New Brunswick Public Libraries Launch Free Admission Pass

The New Brunswick Public Libraries (NBPL) and New Brunswick Museum (NBM) are partnering to provide free passes to New Brunswick public library cardholders. All New Brunswick residents are invited to check out 175+ years of stories by signing out a pass at their local public library and visiting the NBM in Saint John.

The NBM Pass can be checked out with a library card at any NBPLS library branch in the province during the weeks around International Museums Day (May 18). The passes are available from May 17 to May 31, 2019. Each library cardholder can receive one pass redeemable for single admission to the NBM Exhibition Centre in Saint John, valid for a single visit before September 15, 2019. The passes are good for general admission only; any special program fees still apply and passes are not applicable to group visits.

The NBM is Canada’s oldest continuing museum, with a 175+ year collecting history that traces back to 1842. Generations of collecting and research have resulted in a treasure trove of stories of life in New Brunswick. The NBM Exhibition Centre presents compelling permanent and temporary exhibitions and engaging programmes with hands-on and interactive fun.

This summer, visitors can enjoy Bouquet of Quilts, a dozen flower-themed quilts from the NBM collection of over 400 quilts, which reflect changes in fashions, marketing and production of quilts in New Brunswick over the course of almost 150 years (on display now through September 27, 2019). This exhibition was made possible with the generous financial support of the Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick. Early comers who use their pass before June 23 can visit Cursive Conundrum, which explores the history of cursive writing, how it was taught, the artistic aspects, what it reveals about a person, and why this dying skill continues to be important. Visitors can see a variety of archival holdings and artifacts from the NBM collection. The NBM wishes to thank its partners and sponsors of this exhibition including: New Brunswick Society of Retired Teachers – Saint John Branch, and Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception. Visitors will also enjoy the touring exhibition Tales of Fantasy: Our Myths and Legends, a production of the Corporation culturelle de Shawinigan and realized by the Sherbrooke Museum of Nature and Science, with contributions from Canadian Heritage, le Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and the City of Shawinigan.

Discover NBM stories and events through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or the NBM website at Virtual exhibitions (including Magnificent Rocks, a journey through geological time of New Brunswick, and Mark Our Place, a record of wartime New Brunswick, and many more) enable people to visit the NBM from anywhere in the world and enjoy collections previously inaccessible to them.

Visitors redeeming their library passes will be offered a 15% discount on membership. NBM members support the provincial museum’s mission to collect, preserve, research, and interpret New Brunswick’s natural, human and cultural heritage. The NBM serves and is supported by people from all across the province. Full membership details are available at Visitors will also get a chance to win an NBM Boutique gift basket and an annual membership ($175+) when they redeem their passes.


For more information:

Caitlin Griffiths or Aristi Dsilva, Communications & Marketing
New Brunswick Museum
(506) 643-2358 /


Sarah Bustard, Director of Communications
Corporate Communications (Unit)
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
(506) 444-3158/