New Brunswick Museum

#6 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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277 Douglas Avenue

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The best introduction to Saint John and the surrounding region can be found at the New Brunswick Museum. Sitting about a mile and a half west of downtown Saint John, this museum houses a variety of artifacts that recount the province's fascinating history. You'll learn all about Saint John's industrial development, as well as New Brunswick's maritime history. The museum also features local artwork and exhibits on the province's natural landscape, including the ever-popular Hall of Great Whales.

According to recent travelers, the New Brunswick Museum's interactive displays make it a great place to visit as a family. "It would definitely be a great place to take the kids," notes one TripAdvisor user. "I saw that the staff provided special activities for children." And speaking of the staff, many previous visitors note that the employees were very knowledgeable and happy to provide more insight on the artifacts.

The New Brunswick Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with extended evening hours on Thursday), Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 or $8 CAD ($7 or $8 USD) for adults depending on the season, and discounts are available for children and seniors. You can learn more about the New Brunswick Museum by visiting its website.

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#1 Saint John City Market

Sitting at Market Square in downtown Saint John, the Saint John City Market has been in operation since the late 1700s, making it the oldest continuing farmer's market in Canada. But before you become too engrossed in the many mouthwatering offerings at the vendors' tables, make sure to cast your glance upward. The ceiling of this massive 19th-century building (the original market was held outside) resembles the upturned hull of a ship -- a tribute to the city's shipping industry.

Once you've finished feasting your eyes, indulge your appetite with some fresh eats -- you'll find everything from salads and sandwiches to fish and chips, not to mention handmade arts and crafts. As one Yelp.com user puts it, "Whether you're in the mood for fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh brewed coffee, bakery items, Korean food … lobster, or ice cream, there's something to satisfy everyone's taste."

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