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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5J8, Canada
250-753-1821
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Ranked #8 of 24 Attractions in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Nanaimo Museum: Discover Nanaimo’s fascinating history in our new museum located in the VI...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

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Vancouver, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Coombs
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36 helpful votes 36 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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WA
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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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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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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 

Nanaimo, Canada
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13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Interesting display about immigration to the area and the experiences that people had - both good and bad. I like their approach to this issue; gives people a real perspective on what it's like to be an immigrant.

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

Thank you for your review! Our summer feature exhibit was called Canada: Day 1 and it was travelling from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 all the way from Halifax. We're glad you enjoyed it - we partnered with the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society to bring it here and it was great to see all the participation... More 

Victoria, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Two months ago I was at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. I was able to poke my nose into the museum then, but wasn't fully able to explore it. What I saw intrigued me, so I vowed to come back. I'm glad I did! The museum is very well set up, with some very engaging exhibits about the local history... More 

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debbieNanaimo, Communications Coordinator at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad you came back to check out the museum when you had more time to explore. The coal mine is one of our favourite parts as well! Our feature gallery has new exhibits every three months, so come back and visit us anytime! More 

Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Small fee, informative, suited more for younger kids or historical buffs lol the replica of mine was kool

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

Hi Sim1122, Thanks for taking the time to review us. The coal mine is definitely a favourite around here! Let us know how we could improve your experience - what would make it appeal more to people of your age-group & interest level? We'd love for your to come back to check out the three or four different feature exhibits... More 

Delta, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

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

Hello Munchy1, Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope you will come back often as we have three or four new feature exhibits each year. We would love the opportunity to make this a 5 star experience for you! Cheers, The Nanaimo Museum Team More 

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