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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J8, Canada
250-753-1821
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Ranked #7 of 27 attractions in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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Delta, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

For the small fee of $2.00, we enjoyed our visit to this beautiful, informative little museum. It provides a visually appealing history of Nanaimo & is well worth a visit. Children will love it! And don't miss the gift shop filled with lovely local items.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Displays are well done. Rates for membership very reasonable. Grandchildren love the mine replica and I let them listen to one the taped stories of the coal miners each time I go.

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debbieNanaimo, Public Relations Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review

Hi Marilyn, Thank you for your review - we always love hearing about who is visiting the museum and what their favourite exhibits are. We do like to keep memberships and admission rates as low as possible, so that people like you can experience history and share it with their families. Plus you get a discount in the gift shop... More

Lantzville, Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Recently visited the Nanaimo Museum over Christmas and had a pleasant surprise. Very nicely done displays and a very cool coal mine tunnel simulation and history of mining and logging in the area. Entrance was by donation and an adjacent Serious Coffee shop made for a special time to de-brief on favorite displays over some nice treats , great espresso... More

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debbieNanaimo, Public Relations Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Nanaimo Museum. We are glad you had a good time - the coal mine is definitely a favourite with our visitors! Please let us know if you have any suggestions that would make your next visit a four or five star experience! See you next time. More

Nanaimo, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

This museum tells the history of Nanaimo and does it so well. Everyone loves the award-winning coal mine display. Several times a year special exhibits are featured and keep the interest level of locals high

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

It is a mid size museum that takes about an hour and a half to go through. Just about right in my book. It was well laid out and interesting. We learned quite a bit about the history of the area and enjoyed doing it.

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London UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

What a little gem! Only 2$ each and we spent a good hour or more browsing exhibits on local history! industry and people. It made the rest of our stay in the area so much more interesting. Put it first on your list if you are visiting the area. The staff are good too, and a nice gift shop. Just... More

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debbieNanaimo, Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your 5 star review-we are so glad you enjoyed your visit! More

Tigard, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

While there are many wonderful museums on Vancouver Island, this one is not to be missed. The interactive exhibits throughout the museum are so engaging and educational The coal mine exhibit does a masterful job of depicting the all important role that coal mining played in the region and multiple facets of the industry, from equipment, safety and cultural issues.... More

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debbieNanaimo, General Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and took the time to talk about your experience on Trip Advisor-thanks again! More

Nanaimo, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Great Value and entertaining for kids as well as adults. Younger children are frightened of the mine but age 6 and up were good. The back pack and the list of things to answer are a great way to engage kids.

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Detroit, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This museum boasts a variety of displays showing various aspects of the area. We visited an interactive exhibit on some of the Canadian polar expeditions that children would enjoy. A recreation of a coal mine hall lets you imagine that time. We looked at a small exhibit on the timber industry and one of the docents provided a lot of... More

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Berlin, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

It`s only 5 $ and you get all the history of Nanaimo and suroundings. Spent an hour there and didn`t regret it. The have also changing exhebitions.

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