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Acadian Culture

Acadian Museum
Université de Moncton
(506) 858-4088
Group Contact: Nicole LeBlanc
E-mail
Driving Time: 7 minutes
Operating Season: year-round
Group Rates: Adult - $4, Senior/Students - $2
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 1 hour

The Clément-Cormier Pavilion of the Université de Moncton houses the Acadian Museum as well as an art gallery. An interesting and varied collection of artifacts reflecting the Acadian culture from 1604 to present. Included is a book written by Samuel de Champlain, a huge painting of the Acadian deportation, the original Acadian flag (1884) and more. They have over 35,000 objects in their collection related to the Acadians of the Maritimes.

Le Pays de la Sagouine
Route 11, Exit 32A (Acadian Coast)
(506) 743-1407
1-800-561-9188
Group Contact: Sylvie Robichaud 
E-mail
Driving Time: 40 minutes
Operating Season: June to September
Group Rates: Contact for quotes
Complimentary Policy: Driver/Escort free
Minimum time required for visit: 2 hours

International award-winning author Antonine Maillet invented the characters that live in this fictional village. Enter the world of la Sagouine where characters speak a colourful language and leave with a true appreciation of the Acadian joie de vivre!

Monument-Lefebvre National Historic Site of Canada
Route 2, Exit 482 (Fundy Coast)
(506) 758-9808
E-mail
Driving Time: 20 minutes
Operating Season: June 1 to October 15
Group Rates: Adults - $5, Senior/Students - $4, Family - $12
Complimentary Policy: Driver/Escort free
Minimum time required for visit: 1 to 2 hours

This site commemorates the founder of the first French-language degree-granting institution in Atlantic Canada. It also houses the Acadian Odyssey National Historic Site which is interpreted by the new permanent exhibit called “Reflections of a Journey: The Odyssey of the Acadian People”.

Museums & Heritage

Albert County Museum
3940 Route 114 (Fundy Coast)
(506) 734-2003
Group Contact: Donald Alward
E-mail
Driving Time: 35 minutes
Operating Season: mid-June to mid-September
Group Rates: $3 per person, $5 - adults, $4 Senior/student, $12 - family
Complimentary Policy: Driver/Escort free
Minimum time required for visit: 1 hour

An Adventure in Time. Canada's 11 th Prime Minister, R.B. Bennett, came from Albert County, along with a colorful procession of pioneers, artisans, explorers, shipbuilders, farmers, a few charlatans and convicted axe murderer, Tom Collins. They all live at the Albert County Museum.

Baptist Heritage Centre
Atlantic Baptist University, 333 Gorge Road
1-888-968-6228 ext 114
Group Contact: Ivan Douthwright
E-mail
Driving Time: 15 minutes
Operating Season: year-round
Group Rates: free
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 30 minutes

A “people place” where exhibits of the past 200 years of Maritime Baptist religious and social customs bring to life important aspects of Baptist history, furniture, artifacts, photographs and textiles portray events in the Baptist community since the days of the early evangelists.

Campbell Carriage Factory Museum
19 Church Street, Sackville
(506) 536-2541 (year-round)
(506) 536-3079 (seasonal)
Group contact: Tantramar Heritage Trust
(506) 536-2541
E-mail
Driving time: 40 minutes
Operating season: June to end of August
Group rates: $2 per person, $5 per family
Complimentary policy: Driver/escort-free
Minimum time required for visit: 45 min. to 2 hours

The only remaining example of a 19 th century carriage factory resting on its original site in Canada, and 1 of 2 in North America. The fine old post and beam structure, built as a tannery around 1841 and recently restored, houses an extensive collection of tools, buggies, wagons, sleighs, agriculture equipment, patterns and components left behind when the factory closed in 1951. A unique experience!

Fort Beauséjour National Historic Site of Canada
Route 2, Exit 513A (Acadian Coast)
(506) 364-5080
Group contact: Juliette McLeod 
E-mail
Driving Time: 45 minutes
Operating Season: June 1 to October 15
Group Rates: $3 per person
Complimentary Policy: Driver/Escort free
Minimum time required for visit: 1 to 2 hours

A star-shaped fort overlooking the Bay of Fundy that was built by the French in 1751. Step back in time to an era when England and France were caught up in a tug-of-war supremacy in Acadia.

Keillor House Museum
4974 Main Street, Dorchester
(506) 379-6633
Group contact: Diane Nicholson
Driving Time: 30 minutes
Operating Season: mid-June to mid-September
Group Rates: $3 per person, $2 children
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 1 hour

A majestic stone structure, built in 1813 by Yorkshire man, John Keillor. With nine original fireplaces surrounded by period clothing and artifacts. Guided tours with costumed staff. Visit the Coach House with its antique carriages and farm tools, as well as a unique collection of Dorchester Penitentiary artifacts.

Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum
3143 Mountain Road – Moncton
(506) 384-7719 or (506)384-0903
Group contact: Betty Lutes
Driving Time: 15 minutes
Operating Season: year-round
Group Rates: $2 per person
Complimentary Policy: Driver/Escort free
Minimum time required for visit: 1 hour

Built in 1883, the Museum houses pioneer artifacts, records of 92 area cemeteries, extensive genealogical records of non-Acadian pioneer settlers dating back to 1776 such as the Lutes (Lutz), Trites (Treitz), Horsman and others.

Moncton Museum & Free Meeting House
Mountain Road – Moncton
(506) 856-4383
Group Contact: Brenda Orr
E-mailDriving Time: 5 minutes
Operating Season: year-round
Group Rates: Donation
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 1 hour

The history of the City of Moncton can be found at the Moncton Museum from the age of sail, then rail, to the present. The Free Meeting House, built in 1821, is Moncton's oldest public building.

Monro Heritage Centre
Route 15, 1 Spring Street, Port Elgin
(506) 538-2109
Group Contact: Joan LeBlanc
Driving Time: 1 hour
Operating Season: June to September
Group Rates: Donation
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 1 to 2 hours

The Monro Heritage Centre is a refurbished house (circa 1864) originally the home of surveyor/author Alexander Munro, one of Port Elgin's first prominent men. The two-storey museum houses a number of displays depicting local life over the past 200 years, including a model of old Fort Gaspereaux and a reproduction of a blacksmith forge.

New Brunswick Railway Museum
Route 114 (Fundy Coast)
(506) 734-3195
Group contact: Ed Bowes
Driving Time: 35 minutes
Operating Season: July 1 to September 4th
Group Rates: $3 per person (For 12 people or more) 
Complimentary Policy: Escort/Driver free
Minimum time required for visit: 1 hour

The Museum is a display of restored railway equipment, including steam engine, old coach cars, snowplow equipment, tank cars and cabooses.

Old Bank Museum
5985, Route 114 (Fundy Coast)
(506) 882-2015
After hours: (506) 882-2100
Group contact: Mary Majka
Driving Time: 50 minutes
Operating Season: late June to early September
Group Rates: Donation
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 30 minutes

Originally a branch of the Bank of New Brunswick, this magnificent building tells of the history and changing economy of its area. Albert County Heritage Trust also interprets a 19 th century shipyard, wharf and lighthouse at nearby Harvey and the Sawmill Creek Covered Bridge at Hopewell Hill.

Owens Art Gallery
61 York Street, Sackville
(506) 364-2574
Group contact: Lucy MacDonald
Driving Time: 35 minutes
Operating Season: year-round
Group Rates: Donation
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 1 hour

The oldest university art gallery in Canada opened at Mount Allison University in 1895, and is still occupying its original building. Changing exhibitions of national and international contemporary and historical art; a Permanent Collection of over 2,500 European and North American artworks; an annual Symposium on Performance Art and a Visiting Artists program.

Salem and Hillsborough Railroad and Museum
Route 114 (Fundy Coast)
(506) 734-3195 or (506) 734-3733
Group Contact:  Kim Elliott
Driving Time:  35 minutes
Operating Season: June to September
Group Rates:  $1.00 per person
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required: 1 hour

The Museum is a display of restored railway equipment, including steam engine, old coach cars, snowplow equipment, tank cars and cabooses.

Steeves House Museum
40 Mill Street, Hillsborough
(506) 734-3102 (May to November)
Group contact: Kathleen Kyle
Driving Time: 30 minutes
Operating Season: July 1st to Labour Day
Group Rates: Child - $2, Adult  - $3, Family - $8
Complimentary Policy: Driver/Escort free
Minimum time required for visit: 45 minutes

The Steeves House is a charming Colonial mansion built in 1840 around an original 1812 cottage. In 1814 William Henry Steeves was born in the cottage, the oldest of eleven children. He was a Father of Confederation and later became a senator.

St. James Textile Museum 
4967 Main Street, Dorchester
(506) 379-6633
Group contact: Diane Nicholson
Driving Time: 30 minutes
Operating Season: mid-June to mid-September
Group Rates: $3 per person
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required for visit: 30 minutes

This attractive frame church (1884) features a look into the making of textiles in the late 1800's including processes and equipment used, production of linen, and carding, spinning and weaving of wool. Antique looms on display.

Thomas Williams House
103 Park Street – Moncton
(506) 857-0590
Group Contact: Brenda Orr
E-mailDriving Time:  5 minutes
Operating Season: Mid June, end of August
Group Rates:  Donation
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required: 30 minutes

Built in 1883, this heritage home depicts life during the Victorian era. Thomas Williams was the Treasurer for the Intercolonial Railway.

Theatre

Capitol Theatre
Main Street – Moncton (Fundy Coast)
(506) 856-4377
1-800-567-1922
Group contact: Julie Pallot 
E-mail
Driving Time: Downtown
Operating Season: year-round
Group Rates:  Free
Complimentary Policy: n/a
Minimum time required: 1 hour

Restored to its original 1922 elegance, the Capitol Theatre is one of only eight such historically restored theatres in Canada.