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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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A nice place to explore

It is small but very informative. There are a number of interactive displays that are great for... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
Nanaimo, Canada
Quite surprised for a small town museum

My wife and I have been to museums all over BC. You might say that's one of our things to look for... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Daniel D
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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%
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100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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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
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...More

Thank Daniel D
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
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....More

Thank Prairieschooner2
Reviewed 3 January 2017

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...More

Thank Murray M
Reviewed 20 December 2016

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...More

Thank Glidr
Reviewed 20 December 2016

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...More

Thank Footsac
Reviewed 20 December 2016 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...More

1  Thank Cathy W
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.

Thank 8benny719
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! :)

Thank stewartt520
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