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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
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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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.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kelowna, Canada
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Kelowna, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank CanProf
Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, I know that civic museums can be snore fests, too long, too little of interest, and so on. But this small museum is a gem! As Nanaimo is a city with some age and history, it is a glimpse back into the lives of the people of the past. I really enjoyed the general store display, as it showed... More 

Thank CDfromBC
Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Start your first trip to Nanaimo by finding out about it's past history, including why the town was situated here, first nation settlement, early pioneers, later immigrants and how the town has evolved into what it is today, a livable city with many modern amenities while having nature on your doorstep. Check it out!

Thank bcjoanne
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on the Ferry and wanted to kill some time before supper. It was raining so we looked for an indoor attraction and this Museum filled the bill. Very nicely laid out and lots of information and exhibits on the history, industry and sports in the area. What was particularly fun was the Bathtub races and of course the... More 

Thank shane c
Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Good displays of local history, logging, first nations, coal mining ( they have a life size pit tunnel area which you can walk through).

Thank ColleenBadger
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

The Museum is my go to shopping place for gifts. Check out the Nanaimo umbrellas and the baby gifts. When I am looking for a special gift it is the best shopping in town. The Museum is SO informative and interesting. If you haven't been, you must!

Thank Joan M
Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

It is small but very informative. There are a number of interactive displays that are great for old and young.

Thank roxannewanamaker
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

My wife and I have been to museums all over BC. You might say that's one of our things to look for. We were surprised by it. At first you walk through the gift shop (most museums make you leave out of one) and you get to see an incredible amount of first nations specimens... You get to read a... More 

Thank Daniel D
Pitt Meadows, Canada
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Plan to spend maximum 30 minutes in this so called "museum". Not sure why they charged us money to visit it as there is not much to see there.

Thank Von D
Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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