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  • 2.5Atmosphere

The best introduction to Saint John and the surrounding region can be found at the New Brunswick Museum. Situated in Market Square in the heart of uptown 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. Many also praised the knowledgeable employees, who were more than willing to provide additional insight about the property's artifacts. However, a couple of past visitors said the stuffed birds in the Birds of New Brunswick exhibit looked worn and dusty.

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. The property closes on Mondays from early November to mid-May. Admission costs 6 to 10 Canadian dollars (approximately $4.50 to $7.50) per person.

In addition to featuring multiple permanent and temporary exhibits, the museum houses a research facility, restrooms and a gift shop. The larger Market Square complex offers a parking garage (charges apply), or you can get to the property by using the city's buses. Find out more about the New Brunswick Museum by visiting the attraction's website.

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