Nanaimo Museum

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Nanaimo Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Nanaimo Museum: Discover Nanaimo’s fascinating history in our museum located in the VI Conference Centre. The main gallery offers a sense of what life was like for Nanaimo's earliest settlers and the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Our award winning replica coal mine is a popular stop. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company post built in 1853. Don’t miss the gift shop! Museum Hours (Fall/Winter/Spring): 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday Summer Hours: Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am-4pm See our website for up-to-date COVID-19 modifications to hours and admission!
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mahengrui1
Leiden, The Netherlands1 contribution
Amazing
Aug. 2020
Industry in Nanaimo is very clear, employees are kind, and, Coal Mine simulation is great, hope those workers RIP
Written August 16, 2020
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IrmaNova
Ottawa, Canada266 contributions
A must visit in Nanaimo
Feb. 2020 • Friends
I was sceptical but this small museum was well-curated and charming. This stop is a must while in Nanaimo for an overview of the city’s history (including a walk-through model of a coal mine) and a rotating exhibit. While we visited, the featured exhibit was on refugees, which was very well done. Local volunteers such as Les, will happily share knowledge and stories about Nanaimo to enrich your visit.
Written February 8, 2020
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Daisy M
56 contributions
A little gem
Jan. 2020 • Friends
I titled this review a little gem because although 'little' the museum is an absolute gem. It is very interesting with friendly and knowledgeable staff and the exhibits are well presented and explained. A great place to take the teens, they might get inspired by the bathtub races! And the mine exhibit was a gem within the gem. Well worth the visit, very affordable and a relaxing experience.
Written January 18, 2020
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Lora18
United States189 contributions
Wonderful
Dec. 2019
Really interesting and detailed museum near the harbor area. The exhibits tell about the city and the people who have inhabited the area over the centuries. Nice staff and gift shop!
Written January 5, 2020
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L G
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Nanaimo Museum Lantern Tours
Oct. 2019
The Nanaimo Museum is keen on bringing local history to light and to life for tour participants. I took the "Crime & Punishment" tour on the evening of October 25th. It was led by Steph who carried a lantern and provided a detailed and lively description of a number of the darker moments of Nanaimo's early history while walking our group to the scenes of the crimes...and the punishments. The windy evening added to the atmosphere. Steph has an incredible memory for the details / dates of the events. She offered opportunities for the the group to comment on the human side of these events and to understand the context of the day. I've been to the Museum many times and read some of this history, but now these episodes are imprinted in my memory. I will never look at downtown the same way!!!
Written October 30, 2019
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gjsamson
Alberta, Canada702 contributions
Nice Museum
Oct. 2019
This museum was an unexpected find, tucked in the convention center. The museum gives an overview of Nanaimo. There are a lot of old photos along with what the city looks loke now. The museum gives the history of the coal industry that was mined in the area then how the forests industry have grown this city.
Written October 29, 2019
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Mrs2Be
Calgary, Canada34 contributions
Enjoyable hour!
Oct. 2019
We weren't sure what to expect when we heard about the Nanaimo museum, but it was perfect for us! We simply wanted to learn a bit of Nanaimo history and the development of the area, industries, etc. The volunteer(?) who greeted us when we entered the gallery was great at answering all of our questions and making sure we knew what the museum had for us to look at and read about. While an hour may not seem like a lot of time to spend in a museum, it was perfect for this place, for us, and for the very low cost of entry.
Written October 16, 2019
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Peter T
Tillsonburg, Canada138 contributions
Interesting but I could have skipped it
Oct. 2019
Very large and well stocked gift shop. Shows the good points of Nanaimo and its history. Better than some museums of small towns. Enter by donation [a twonee or so]
Written October 15, 2019
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welshwitch_13
Lincoln, UK56 contributions
Disapointing
Sep. 2019
Not sure what I was expecting but the whole experience felt a bit of a lot down. The cost to enter is minimal but spent less than 30 minutes and felt I had spent too long
Written October 7, 2019
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255Barbara
Nanaimo, Canada77 contributions
Great Little Museum of Na aimo’s History
Sep. 2019
The museum does a great job telling the history of Nanaimo. Coal mining is what really got Nanaimo going! Also the fishing, logging industries were & are important.
There is a story of First Nations. it was fun to hear the story of the great Tub race! Nice coffee shop next to the museum.
All in all a great review of Nanaimo.
Written October 6, 2019
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