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Arts & Culture in New Brunswick
Sharing a border northeast of Maine, New Brunswick, Canada is filled with diverse culture, as it is considered to be the only province deemed bilingual. For those seeking authentic Atlantic Canadian experiences, discover New Brunswick’s vibrant arts scene filled with music, dance and true aboriginal heritage. With the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of St. Lawrence bordering two sides, the lively waterfront is its own destination in itself. Dive deep into the stories and legends at historic sites like Kings Landing Historical Settlement and Acadian Village, or visit the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, which houses archives of the province’s early settlement to get a glimpse of Canada’s past. Discover all things spud at New Brunswick Potato Museum, or see where Ganong Chocolates began at the Chocolate Museum. For those looking to see live performances, the Imperial Theater in Saint John showcases the best performing arts in town, featuring concerts, orchestras, theatrical plays, musicals and comedy acts for all ages.
Potato World Museum
Enjoy a hands-on learning experience with a visit to the Potato World Museum. The museum is located in Florenceville-Bristol, north of Woodstock, in the "French Fry Capital of the World". The Experimental Tour allows visitors to plant a potato and hand-cut french fries. This 2-acre site also includes hands-on displays, antique machinery, educational video theatres and a potato garden.
The Museum is the home of the "Potato World Hall of Recognition." New Brunswick continues to be a vital contributor to the potato industry. Be sure to save room for a delicious snack in the Harvest Cafe before continuing your Atlantic Canada journey.
Science East Science Centre
One of the most unique attractions in Canada, Fredericton's Science East Science Centre is located in a former jail built in 1842. Featuring over 150 exhibits designed for play and discovery, explore science through optical illusions, forensics, animals, anatomy, deep space and much more.
Try the Batak Pro reaction timer (used in F1 driver training) to test peripheral vision and reaction speed. Play games using the movement of your own shadow with the PlayMotion interactive virtual shadow wall.
In the basement museum, learn about the jail’s history and how DNA is used to solve crimes. During summer, Science East features the only outdoor science playground in Atlantic Canada and daily science shows. Services and exhibits available in both French and English.
The New Brunwsick city of Saint John has not only grown to be the largest city in the province, but also has a rich history. This southern New Brunswick city, located along the Bay of Fundy, dates back to 1604. While visiting this historical city, take time to tour the beautiful Imperial Theatre, located in downtown Saint John. See the intricate plasterwork and moldings of this National Historic Site, built in 1912.
It was restored in the 1980s to its original Italian Renaissance style using $1.1 million, raised from local Saint John citizens. From the first comedy shows and silent films to today's variety of theatre performances, it has become Atlanta Canada's busiest performing arts facility. Enjoy your time in the theater, whether attending a concert, Broadway show, dance performance or a musical performance.
New Brunswick Museum
Discover the rich heritage of Saint John during your next visit to Southern New Brunswick. Make your way to uptown Saint John, to tour the New Brunswick Museum. Established in 1929 as the Provincial Museum, this wonderful museum has roots dating back to 1842, when Abraham Gesner opened the Museum of Natural History. Throughout the years, the museum has grown to encompass 60,000 square feet of space throughout three floors, for its exhibits and displays.
Stroll through this wonderful museum to learn about the cultural and natural heritage of New Brunswick, one of the three Maritime provinces of Atlantic Canada. The variety of galleries includes, Decorative Arts, New Brunswick Art, Our Changing Earth and New Brunswick Industry. Whether you spend time viewing the galleries or partake in one of the museum programs, enjoy your time learning about the history of the province.