The New Brunswick Museum (NBM) provides a remarkable introduction to New Brunswick’s rich cultural history and diverse natural environment. Canada’s oldest continuing museum, the NBM Exhibition Centre opened in 1996 within Market Square. Visitors will discover stories of New Brunswick’s past and present on three floors of creative exhibitions, and fun events.
In the “Hall of Great Whales,” visitors see the actual skeleton and life-sized model of a North Atlantic Right whale and learn about the fascinating marine life in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Giant trilobites, a mastodon and other creatures from the distant past provide an intriguing introduction to the complex geological history and rich fossil deposits of New Brunswick in “Our Changing Earth.” In “Wood, Wind, and Sail,” the story of Maritime shipbuilding in the 19th century unfolds, while the development of the province through the work people did is interpreted in the “New Brunswick Industry Gallery.” On the third floor, the world’s only permanent gallery of historical and contemporary New Brunswick fine art is complimented by exhibitions of historic Canadian and International artworks and Decorative Arts Gallery.
Opportunities for families to learn through play with temporary exhibitions ensuring something new for everyone to discover.
The Museum Shop features quality crafts, jewellery, books and toys, many created by local and regional artisans.
At the NBM Collections Centre at 277 Douglas Avenue, the Museum’s remarkable collections of natural sciences, decorative arts and marine history are available by appointment, and provide an invaluable resource for research, reference and education.
The Archives and Research Library is also located here and is open to the public. Its holdings include documents pertaining to social, political and military history of the province, the natural sciences, cartography and genealogy, with emphasis on the 19th century.