NBM Facilities

Plans for the NBM’s Facilities

Media

The mandate of the NB Museum is to preserve, research and interpret the natural, human and cultural heritage of the Province of New Brunswick. To do this, the NB Museum requires resources of various kinds, including appropriate facilities.

After various studies and engagement processes, it has been determined that a new purpose built building, bringing all primary components of the New Brunswick Museum under one roof, is required.  This building will be constructed on a portion what has been referred to as the ‘Coast Guard site’ adjacent Water Street and Loyalist Plaza at the bottom of King Street in the historic Uptown Saint John.  

In October 2017, Premier Brian Gallant announced a $50 Million provincial commitment toward new facilities. This was followed up on February 22, 2018, with the Premier announcing that the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Saint had come to an agreement on a portion of the Coast Guard site as the new home of the New Brunswick Museum.
 
Federal funding sources are being investigated and a major funding raising campaign will be launched in 2018 through the New Brunswick Museum Foundation.

Now that a site has been identified and secured, an approach to identifying the design team will be determined.  The design process will include a public engagement component.  Schedules for design and implementation will be forthcoming over the next few months. Stay tuned.


 

Currently, the NBM is operating in two main facilities:

1. The NBM Collections and Research Centre, located at 277 Douglas Avenue, in Saint John, owned by the Province
and
2. The NBM Exhibition Centre, located at Market Square, in Saint John, leased by the Province from the private sector

Due to space restraints, the NBM also has temporary storage off-site.

NBM Collections and Research Centre

Within the NBM Collections and Research Centre, collections of provincial, national, and international significance are researched and interpreted by NBM staff, university students, and visiting researchers for the preservation and dissemination of New Brunswick history, culture, and natural history.  The Centre hosts researchers from around the world, responds to international queries about its holding, mentors students, creates exhibition for display at the NBM Exhibition Centre in Market Square (and at various venues around the province), and supports the production of academic and educational information. The NBM Archives and Research Library is open regularly to the public. Access to collections and the expertise of curators and other staff is available by appointment and through specific NBM programmes and activities.

The building, built in 1929-32, in which collections and activities of national and international renown, is over-crowded and in poor condition.
 
NBM Exhibition Centre

The NBM Exhibition Centre in Market Square, Saint John shares the collections and stories of New Brunswick with residents of New Brunswick and visitors to the province. It is one of New Brunswick’s key cultural tourism attractions, as well as a significant venue for curriculum-based and life-long learning experiences. Approximately 65,000 people visit the NBM each year. The NBM partners with the private sector to offer innovative programming to cruise, group tours, meetings and convention groups, festivals and special events, as well as to other targeted audiences.

The NBM Exhibition Centre is in space leased by the Province from the private sector. The Exhibition Centre opened in April, 1996 with a long term lease (20 years). The current exhibition space no longer meets today’s requirement for the NBM and the public.

Check out the Media Coverage: 

23 February 2018 Location unveiled for new museum (Telegraph Journal)
22 February 2018 New Brunswick purchases property for new museum in uptown Saint John (Global News)
22 February 2018 New home for New Brunswick Museum to further uptown renewal: mayor (CBC News)
22 February 2018 N.B. Museum moving to Saint John’s former Coast Guard property (CTV Atlantic News)
22 February 2018 New Museum Will Be Constructed in Saint John On Former Coast Guard Site (Huddle)
22 February 2018 New N.B. Museum To Be Built On Former Coast Guard Property (CHSJ News)
22 February 2018 New home for New Brunswick Museum will be old Coast Guard site in Saint John (CBC News)
31 October 2017 Search for Saint John museum (CTV Atlantic News)
31 October 2017 NEW DIGS FOR THE NEW BRUNSWICK MUSEUM (Telegraph Journal)
31 October 2017 The New Brunswick Museum gets funding for a new home (CBC Information Morning Saint John)
30 October 2017 50 millions $ pour le Musée du Nouveau-Brunswick (Radio Canada, in French)
30 October 2017 N.B. government commits $50M towards new provincial museum in Saint John (CTV Atlantic News)
30 October 2017 New Brunswick commits $50 million to new provincial museum in Saint John (Global News)