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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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A good spot to learn about the town

This museum was fascinating but somewhat disappointing for some reason. However, my wife and I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Joe W
Forks, Washington
Nanaimo Museum not to be missed

A small; but well designed museum that revisited the mid-island regions history. Signage and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 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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  • Very good42%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Joe W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Draigoch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Eileen G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Paulshappy
Reviewed 3 June 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.

Thank BarbInEdmonton
Reviewed 26 May 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.

Thank CanProf
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank CDfromBC
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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...More

Thank bcjoanne
Reviewed 12 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank shane c
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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