New Brunswick Museum, Saint John

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Head to New Brunswick Museum, Canada's oldest continuously functioning museum, which has been open since 1842. The museum provides a remarkable insight into New Brunswick’s rich cultural history and diverse natural environment. In the “Hall of Great Whales,” marvel at skeletons and a life-sized model of a North Atlantic Right whale, and learn about the wonderful marine life in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Understand the rich history of fossils at the exhibit named “Our Changing Earth,” followed by a display of shipbuilding from the 19th century in the New Brunswick Industry Gallery. On the top floor, see a permanent gallery of historical and contemporary New Brunswick fine art. The gift shop sells quality crafts, jewellery, books and toys. PutNew Brunswick Museum into our Saint John day trip tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • I very much recommend visiting this museum, even though the 3rd floor was closed and some sections of the first floor were under repair. The first floor has a good exhibition of the early activities.....  more »
  • This was a decent museum focused on the history of New Brunswick province. Nothing particularly amazing but worth checking out.  more »
  • Can't argue with the $10 admission fee, but this is still a disappointing experience. Things that pop to mind: Some displays are completely missing. One has a note saying it was borrowed by someone for study....over 10 years ago. It has been 10+ years. Get it back, or at the very least, switch out the display. There seems to be a Fundy tides display right at the front. Seemed to be completely inoperable when we were there (mid-Feb 2019). Fix it, turn it on, or get rid of it. A lot of the signage is dated and seems to be peeling around the corners. Some of the signs don't even tell you what the sign is for; the first floor signage is a "read and try to find the item they're talking about". It should be set up more like the bird section where everything has a number to reference on the sign. A good 15% of the place was blocked off or shut down due to building issues or a "work in progress". Several displays had tarps over them and buckets everywhere due to what I assume was a leaking roof. Some skeletons on the ceiling aren't even referenced anywhere (what am I looking at?). All in all, hugely disappointing - especially the natural history floor. All of this could likely be rectified with a new facility; it really needs to be updated in a hurry. But I guess the current state of it is good enough for the provincial Con. government since they decided to pull the promised money towards creating new facilities. I mean...who needs science and history anyways? I don't know if I despise the current government more for this, or the past governments for not addressing the issue earlier as this place has obviously been falling apart for a while.
  • Lots to see and read. There is something for everyone. Excellent kids area on the 3rd floor. Worth the money. It takes awhile to do everything.

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