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Nanaimo Museum

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Address: 100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
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+1 250-753-1821
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Nanaimo Museum: Discover Nanaimo’s fascinating history in our new museum...

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 replica coal mine is a special treat. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company post built in 1853. Don’t miss the gift shop!Museum Hours: 10am - 5pm Monday to SaturdaySummer Hours: Open Daily 10am - 5pm

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A little gem!

This little museum offers a lot - a great overview of Nanaimo's history - from mining, logging, to bathtub races. I particularly enjoyed the mining and Chinatown exhibits. It's... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This little museum offers a lot - a great overview of Nanaimo's history - from mining, logging, to bathtub races. I particularly enjoyed the mining and Chinatown exhibits. It's laid out well so you view things in an orderly way without missing areas or backtracking. I noticed that some of the write-ups / descriptions posted around exhibits didn't provide year... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended a reception at the Nanaimo Museum, for a company that we deal with. We were most surprised and delighted to see the quality of the displays. The displays highlighted the history of Nanaimo, from First Nation displays to notable persons and businesses. We will certainly attend again and pay to spend some time looking at all of the... More 

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Thank Murray M
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum spans the history of Nanaimo in culture, politics, industry, etc. I found the typical dry goods storefront from the 1800's interesting and the mine exhibit worth a look. The lanterns for lighting was a nice touch. Mostly photo oriented rather than actual items on display although the bathtub race tub was among larger items I found enjoyable. Certainly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a well laid out and very interesting museum, the displays are organized and reflect a huge amount of history and fact about the Nanaimo area and the city in particular. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of artifacts that reside here and their uniqueness to the locale....I only had about 2 hours and that was not enough... More 

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Thank Footsac
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being a huge history fan I was a little disappointed to see numerous interesting museum displays unmarked with dates. Dates really add to the context of history to how an item is placed in time so you can understand events in the past. But aside from that the museum does have some great history of Nanaimo during the post-colonial era... More 

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Thank Cathy W
Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

WE visited the Museum for the first time this summer and were pleasantly surprised as to how well it was set up. The exhibits offered a good variety of the history of Nanaimo, including the Mining & logging industry. Well worth a visit.

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Thank 8benny719
Nanaimo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The kids and I really enjoyed out visit! So much to learn and see! Very enjoyable afternoon sent at the Museum. We will be back! :)

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Thank stewartt520
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful visit to this smaller museum and what a pleasure it was. While the museum is not large, it does a great job of depicting Nanaimo's history. The gallery dedicated to coal mines is well done. They have displayed a wonderful array of artifacts related to the area. I highly recommend anyone visit the museum if you are... More 

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Thank BobD2011
Nanaimo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Don't miss this museum. It may be small but its big in heart. In addition to special displays they have a great permanent display on the local First Nations that is second to none. The gift shop is great and there's a place to have coffee right next door. Plus you're on a very interesting street with great shops, bars... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had been up island for a few days and on our way home, decided to visit the museum. The heavy rain put a damper on a walk or hike. The museum does an excellent job of showing the early history of Nanaimo. How it got started, the coal mines, logging, lumber and fishing industries that still exist today. Oops!!... More 

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