Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
1 Market Square, Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6, Canada
It was cute and a nice little place to visit. Nothing super fancy. Thought I'd read they had a few dinosaur fossils however I didnt see them. The kids play area could be upgraded a little bit :)
Very reasonable ticket prices. The whale exhibit is great and lots to do for the kids. They had science experiments for the kids to do with great, friendly staff. All of the exhibits about New Brunswick history were great, especially the ship information and exhibits.
If you're interested in the history of NB, this is a must visit! Great exhibit on the Golden age of ship building, and don't miss the hall of whales!
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.
Good, but I wanted more local history. The bird collection is cool.