Ross Memorial Museum
Ross Memorial Museum  
St. Andrews By The Sea
Exhibits and Programs | Cultural Community | Christmas Open House | Calendar | Hours | Links | Français

The Ross Memorial Museum is housed in a red brick Georgian mansion built in 1824, one of St. Andrews' many historic and architecturally significant buildings.  Once the residence of Loyalist Harris Hatch, the Ross Memorial Museum is now furnished with the stunning furniture and decorative arts collection of Henry Phipps Ross and Sarah Juliette Ross(learn more...)

An American couple, the Rosses came to St. Andrews for a picnic early in 1902, fell in love with the area, bought an estate on the edge of town and summered here for the next forty years! Their collection was amassed during those years and features the fine work of 19th century New Brunswick cabinetmakers (learn more...), American and Canadian artists, oriental carpets (learn more...) and objets d'art from their world travels.

The Rosses later purchased Chestnut Hall to become a museum of their collection -- and a lasting legacy of their affection for St. Andrews.

Whether you come for 15 minutes or an hour, we think you'll agree the Ross Memorial Museum is just the right size to fit into your day of sight-seeing in this picturesque seaside town.

Ross Memorial Museum

Exhibits and Programs

While the permanent collection is exhibited in the context of a private home, a special exhibit is featured in the museum's gallery each year.
  Local residents say the museum's Open House in early December is the official start of St. Andrews' event-filled Christmas season. Volunteers spend literally hundreds of hours decorating every room in the museum, and serving home-baked cookies and mulled cider to visitors.

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St. Andrews

Cultural Community

When the king's surveyor mapped out the town of St. Andrews in 1783, he divided it into sixty perfectly square blocks. The Ross Museum is located in the centre of the original town, an easy walk along wide tree-lined streets to other cultural attractions such as the Sheriff Andrews House, the Charlotte County Archives (housed in the Old Gaol) and Courthouse, Kingsbrae Garden, the Library and several fine early churches -- not to mention the many interesting shops, galleries and restaurants of Water Street.

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Annual Christmas Open House

Annual Christmas Open House

The Ross Museum is also well-known and much-loved for its annual Christmas programme. Held Thursday through Sunday, the first weekend in December, the event attracts approximately 2,000 visitors and school children. The success of the programme is due to the generosity of literally hundreds of volunteers, from decorators to bakers, hosts to entertainers.

As visitors stroll from room to room, taking in the stunning decorations, they may come across the festive sound of a harp, flute, guitar or voice. The scent of hot mulled cider lures them to the lower level Meeting Place, where dozens of home baked Christmas cookies and squares are served as friends old and new enjoy a visit. No wonder locals look forward to this event which many consider the start of the Christmas season in St. Andrews!

The whole museum is decorated by our wonderful volunteers, home-baked sweets and hot cider are served to one and all, and terrific local music fills the house. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in beautiful St. Andrews.

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Ross Museum Calendar Ross Museum Calendar
July 1st, 2017 Canada Day Open House 2 to 4:00 pm
August 7th, 2017 New Brunswick Day Open House Reception 2 to 4:00 pm
October 7th, Closing for the Season (open by chance or by appointment)

Christmas Open House 2017, "Travel for Christmas" Past and Present

Thursday, November 30th 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Friday, December 1st 1:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 2nd 1:00 to 9:00 pm
Sunday, December 3rd 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Nov. 27th to Dec. 1st Christmas School Tours
Call ahead to book for your school.
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When We're Open
When We're Open

The museum is open to the public from June 6th to October 7th, 2017 during the following hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am - 4:30pm in June, September and October
and Monday to Saturday, 10:00am-4:30pm in July and August.

Admission: By donation, in season ($3.00, off-season)

To request an out-of-season or after-hours group visit, please call
(506) 529-5124 to inquire about availability and fees.

Groups and motor coaches welcome.
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Ross Links
Linksand VIDEOS
Town of St. Andrews

Tourism New Brunswick


New Brunswick Museum

King's Landing Historical Settlement

Beaverbrook Art Gallery

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Visitor Comments

“Loving virtue, wonderful spirit, generous and kind community” New Brunswick

“Wonderful—beyond words! What a treasure for St Andrews.” Alberta 

“A great experience. Very friendly guide!” Pennsylvania

“Wonderful history and a testament of love for each other and life” Ontario 

“My daughter wanted to move in straightaway” Germany

“The Rosses would be proud!” Manitoba

“What a love story. Very impressed!” Nova Scotia

“Beautifully displayed furniture in a lovely home. Such generosity!” England

A wonderful collection and a beautiful story” New Jersey

St Andrews is very fortunate to have this collection”  Riverview NB

An absolutely fantastic display”  Vernon, BC

We truly loved the beautiful spirit of the Rosses and their generosity” Maryland

Exhibits and Programs | Cultural Community | Christmas Open House | Calendar | Hours | Links | Français
St. Andrews Ross Memorial Museum
Ross Memorial Museum
188 Montague Street, St. Andrews, New Brunswick CANADA E5B 1J2

Telephone: (506) 529-5124 | Fax: (506) 529-5183

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