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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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Great Visit!!

Went with the kids and had a great time. Should maybe have someone keeping an ey on small children... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
Nanaimo, Canada
Average Local Museum

There is an informative coal mining display, local history. This is a basic museum nothing special... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
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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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  • Average6%
  • 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 November 2017

Went with the kids and had a great time. Should maybe have someone keeping an ey on small children who like to touch stuff though. Seems to be an accident waiting to happen.

Thank camerond994
Reviewed 12 October 2017

There is an informative coal mining display, local history. This is a basic museum nothing special but you can see that an effort has been made. Their gift shop is priced ridiculous high hoping to trap the tourist..

Thank acropolis1
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Just off the harbour front walk, the Nanaimo museum is a delight to see. A walk through here gives you a glimpse into the history of the area. Kids can learn from the detailed displays without knowing how to read. There is also an activity...More

Thank Carriehutch
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We always like to check out local history museums when we have time, but keep our expectations modest. This one went far beyond our normal experience. Well worth at least an hour and we were there almost two. Much of the time was in great...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 29 August 2017

If you are from BC you own it to yourself to visit. Some really interesting stuff about Nanaimo and it doesn't cost you a lot.

Thank hockeydadhtr
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This museum is in downtown Nanaimo and has very interesting exhitions. Especially the coal mining exhibit is really informative.

Thank Gerda H
Reviewed 28 August 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

Thank David D
Reviewed 25 August 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

Thank rodgers680
Reviewed 22 August 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.

Thank SteaksMom
Reviewed 10 August 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.

Thank patriciamU1722NQ
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