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Touchstones Museum

502 Vernon Street, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4E7, Canada
250-352-9813
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Nelson
Type: Specialty Museums
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- Jul 29, 2014
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Nelson, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Interesting to learn about Nelson and how it all started. Some of the exhibits were really fascinating and the photos put the evolution of the town in to perspective. Personally I would have preferred more of the space inside dedicated to the museum aspect rather than the art exhibits - which were good but meant that the museum space itself... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We enjoyed it very much , wasn't many people there but may be due to the weather and the time of the year.

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Vancouver BC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The upper floor of this Museum houses a permanent display of Nelson and the surrounding areas beginning with the first nations people, gold rush and further development of Nelson. It had great photos of the mining days (silver, copper, gold etc) with explanations of the various mines etc. It provided a glimpse into what Nelson was like at the turn... More

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Victoria, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Had an excellent temporary exhibit on the Gateway pipeline by two BC artists painting the landscapes. Very interesting to learn more about the First Nations people who had lived in the Kootenays and used it seasonally.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This arts and cultural museum has lots to offer -- a fine little museum (often with well-informed local guides in high season); a range of rotating artistic/cultural exhibits; a gift shop full of local crafts and regional arts and publications. Frequent connections with regional Columbia Basin activities. (Right now there is a draw for tickets for the well-known Shambala Music... More

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Nelson, B.C.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Neat building with several very good displays. The old mining history of Nelson was great to see and learn about.

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Nelson, British Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Nelson's History and Culture in one historic old building made into the new museum. Same Architect that built the Parliament Buildings. Nest week, August 10th & 11th is the Columbia Basin Culture Tour's 5th season and the museum is part of that. Don't miss it.

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St Louis MO
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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A current exhibition offers paintings by two men who followed the route of the proposed gas/oil pipeline from the coast to Alberta. They painted scenes of mountain views, lakes, and streams which will be lost to newly-created roads and 36" pipes, if this project is approved. On one wall is painted a map of the proposed route, and the paintings... More

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Nelson, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I'm always surprised at the way a small town museum and have such high-end shows. The mix of topical art (political, environmental and local scenes) shown by local and nationally recognised artists is remarkable. Local history is often being explored here, too.

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Edmonton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Loved every part of it except the video wasn't working in the permanent exhibit. The ladies working there did their best but couldn't get it up and running. Love the old building. It's stunning.

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