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Nanaimo Museum

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Address: 100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J8, Canada
Phone Number: 250-753-1821
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Description: 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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There was a good mining display when we were there. Only one staff member as I recall but she was very helpful and informative. I will return to check on current exhibits.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

There was a good mining display when we were there. Only one staff member as I recall but she was very helpful and informative. I will return to check on current exhibits.

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

Thank you for your review! The coal mine is definitely one of our most popular exhibits - we even won an award for it! Its always nice to hear that people had a pleasant experience with our staff or volunteers. Only having a limited amount of staff we depend on volunteers to help with manning the front desk and the... More 

Whitehorse, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The Nanaimo Museum is a really active place with new exhibition every few months. And the variety of displays keeps it so interesting that you always find something that keeps you occupied for hours.

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

Thank you for your review! There is definitely a lot of things to look at, read and do here at the museum. We love when people get so busy checking things out they lose track of time! We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope you come back to check our next feature exhibit, or maybe some upcoming programming... More 

Saskatoon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum. Things were well organized and descriptions were informative but not so detailed as to be overwhelming. The coal mine exhibit was very interesting. Even though we know no one in Nanaimo, the videos of people talking about their memories of various aspects of the city were very interesting. One certainly got a lot of value... More 

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

Thank you so much for the 5-Star review! We are very glad you had a good time here at the museum. Keeping admission prices accessible for everyone in the community is definitely a priority for us. The coal mine is always a hit with visitors, and I'm happy you took time to check out the "Nanaimo Memories" video clips. These... More 

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Just like the famous story - The Little Engine that Could - so, the Nanaimo Museum, though small in stature is grand in enjoyment. Having visited many museums, this one stands out for simple reasons. 1. It is spacious, which allows the visitor tremendous freedom and comfort. 2. Easy to read displays with fabulous creations of the history of Central... More 

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

Hi Peter, Thank you so much for your excellent review! We work hard to keep things accessible and make sure there is always new exhibits & programming in the works. It is very rewarding to hear that people are enjoying the museum, and we appreciate your comments. See you soon! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

we've all gone to places where it just didn't feel right. This place is quite well located downtown. Maybe one of the things that sat wrong with me is it is in kind of a modern glass and metal building yet the very nature of a museum is to reflect older things and times. They seem to be quite well... More 

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

Hi John, Thank you for taking the time to review us, and we're sorry that your experience wasn't all you had expected. We would like to address a couple of the points you made. We are in a newer style building. One of the main reasons we were so thrilled to be in this modern building was that it allows... More 

Coombs
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106 reviews 106 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Lots of great exhibits, well described and gives a good history of the area. Downtown Nanaimo is a wonderful place to wander around, so stopping in at the museum for an hour is a great idea.

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

Thank you for the great review! We love being part of Nanaimo's vibrant downtown core, and are glad that you had a good time here. Our feature exhibits change about every three months, so stop by anytime! More 

WA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Very nice and very informative little unlike-museum museum. Very nice exhibits. The coal mine exhibit was very well done. It really displayed the coal mine and made you actually like you were in one! And they also had a couple of Nanaimo bars to sit on :-) Cool! Very friendly personnel, informative displays and non-stuffy at all.

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

Hi Dodson, Thanks so much for giving us a great review! We really appreciate your support. My favourite part of your review was when said we were an "unmuseum-like museum" - it means a lot to us that people are comfortable and feel relaxed & welcomed, so thanks for the awesome compliment! Our feature exhibits change every three or four... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This municipal museum was well thought out, clearly presented and informative. Of particular interest was the coal mine experience. They had created a mock up mine tunnel with exhibits inside. With the darkeness and eerie noises you felt like you were actually underground. We're still talking about it 3 weeks later.

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

Hi Lauretta, Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Nanaimo Museum. The coal mine is one of my favourite exhibits as well. You're right, the sounds really do add just the right eerie touch! I'm glad your visit is still sparking conversation - what more could we ask for! Let us know what you think... More 

London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
18 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were just passing and saw the museum just off Commercial Street. We weren't going to go in but when I asked the price and was told $2 I thought why not. With low expectations we entered and what a surprise it was superb. Firstly it has excellent exhibits on Nanaimo life with a detailed explanation of the rather bizarre... More 

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

Hi John, Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Nanaimo Museum - we appreciate your support! We are certainly glad you stopped by. We work hard to make sure admission can stay low so that the museum is as accessible as possible - looks like it's working! I love to hear people have "lost" themselves for... More 

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Family Loads Of Fun! Lots of Hands On Activity's for the kids to! So much to see and do! Very Friendly and helpful Locals! Awesome Rooms, Awesome Staff!

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

Hi Matt, Thanks so much for the great review - 5 stars, yes! We appreciate your support! We do all sorts of tours, programs and talks as well as having new exhibits in the feature gallery every 3-4 months, so feel free to stop by again and see what's new. See you soon! More 

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