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Address: 502 Vernon Street, Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4E7, Canada
Phone Number: 250-352-9813
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Nicely done museum

This "Touchstone" museum was high end in term of its displays, pictures, gift shop and on the street parking.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This "Touchstone" museum was high end in term of its displays, pictures, gift shop and on the street parking.

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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This museum depicts the history and geography of Nelson and area and includes changing art exhibitions. The permanent exhibitions are organized on a chronological basis featuring large pictorial panels and many cases of artifacts all carefully identified and explained. Covers First Nations, European exploration, settlement, transportation and mining, continuing to 21st century development. The art exhibition at the time of... More 

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Cranbrook
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I was disappointed a little, didn't see anything that was of a WOW factor, for Nelson I thought there would be a broader range of artistic venues. Will check it out another time. The reception was very friendly and informative.

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Richland, WA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The museum is small and the staff is very friendly and pleasant. The second floor exhibit presents Nelson's history, going back to the North American natives and continuing through its life as a mining town to its present as a winter and outdoors destination. It was very informative with lots of photos and murals and well-written text. The first floor... More 

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Nelson, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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13 reviews 13 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
27 helpful votes 27 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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