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Nanaimo Museum

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100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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History of Nanaimo bars!

Even though being a pastry chef, I was really only after the oldest known recorded Nanaimo bar... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
David D
Great deal!!

Where else can you go for $2 and be entirely entertained for over an hour. The museum offers... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
rodgers680
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Nanaimo Museum: Discover Nanaimo’s fascinating history in our new 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...more
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100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
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+1 250-753-1821
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Reviewed August 27, 2017

Even though being a pastry chef, I was really only after the oldest known recorded Nanaimo bar recipe, this museum was full of other interesting things. The history of Nanaimo is actually quite interesting in that it is directly tied to Canada's oldest corporation, The...More

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Reviewed August 25, 2017

Where else can you go for $2 and be entirely entertained for over an hour. The museum offers many different exhibits that will catch your interests. The coal mining exhibit was by far one of the best little exhibits. Lots of history and artifacts to...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

We enjoyed our visit but it isn't a great place for toddlers. There were displays honoring notable people who came from Nanaimo. Lots of items to buy in the gift shop.

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Reviewed August 9, 2017

Charming museum with interesting and well presented exhibits of Nanaimo's past. Indigenous culture is well represented in a meaningful way. Coal mine exhibit is a must see... interactive and informative.

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

This museum was fascinating but somewhat disappointing for some reason. However, my wife and I learned a bit of history that we did not know since Nanaimo is famous not only for Nanaimo Bars, but is also was a very large coal mining community. It...More

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Reviewed July 11, 2017

A small; but well designed museum that revisited the mid-island regions history. Signage and displays are well done and on occasion there is an individual group or historical event that is highlighted in the 'entry'. The museum store is also not to be missed, beautiful...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017

The museum has so many artifacts available it is like walking back in time and imagining yourself dressed in the era's clothing.

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Reviewed July 1, 2017

On a recent visit to Nanaimo, we visited the Nanaimo Museum and it's still a great buy for a low admission. Certainly a "not to miss" tourist experience. As it's only one floor, there are no barriers for accessibility, and since it's multi-faceted, there's something...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

Interesting and full of information, but a bit boring for younger kids:( I enjoyed it greatly and learned a bunch about coal miners but didn't stay as long as I would have liked due to my kids becoming tired and bored.

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Reviewed May 25, 2017

It is a small museum but they pack in a lot. If you at all have an interest in history I would recommend a visit. You can do it in under an hour.

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