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

25 November Saturday 10am-4pm: Exploring the North. Regular admission. Take a look at some New Brunswick connections to northern Canada through stories of arctic explorers searching for the lost Franklin Expedition, while learning all about the environment and culture of this part of our country, featuring a new model of the wreck of the Erebus. Activities include hands-on discovery tours, crafts, experiments, cooking and more! (Bilingual)

2, 9, 16, and 23 December Saturdays 10am-4pm: Winter Wonderland! Regular admission. Join NBM interpreters as they explore everything that is wonderful about winter! Discover how animals and plants react to changing temperatures, and take the time to admire toys and historic pieces that celebrate the season. Crafting and baking activities will be part of the fun! (Bilingual)

This Week at the NBM 

18 November 2017 – 7 January 2018: Toys of My Childhood Just in time for the holiday season. A selection of toys from days gone by including building blocks, sewing machine, space gun, drum and drum sticks, board game and more will be displayed in the Foyer at the NBM Exhibition Centre.                                                                 

23, and 30 November Thursdays 6:30-8pm: Handmade at the NBM: November is Holiday Felting! Free in NBM Foyer. 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)

30 November Thursday 7-9pm: Author Book Talk and Signing at the NBM: The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan. Free admission. Join author Andy Flanagan for a book talk and signing of his publication The Endless Battle: The Fall of Hong Kong and Canadian POWs in Imperial Japan. Hong Kong was the first place Canadians fought a land battle in the Second World War. From 8 to 25 December 1941, almost 2,000 troops from Canada fought bravely against the overwhelming power of an invading Japanese force. When the British colony surrendered on Christmas Day, 290 Canadians had been killed in the fighting. Another 264 would die over the next four years amid the inhumane conditions of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Based on the first-hand accounts of the author's father, Andrew "Ando" Flanagan, a rifleman from Jacquet River, NB, The Endless Battle explores the Battle of Hong Kong and its long aftermath, through the eyes of the soldiers. (In English)

1 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! Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and cookie, and shop new products that will please everyone on your holiday list! Enter to win NBM Holiday Gift Basket featuring beautiful New Brunswick made products and NBM Membership for a year.  Special Offer:  a saving of 17.5% on Family and Individual memberships to celebrate the New Brunswick Museum’s 175th anniversary year – offer valid Dec. 1 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018.

7, 14, and 21 December Thursdays 6:30-8pm: Handmade at the NBM: Paper Quilling! Free in NBM Foyer. 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)


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!