We enjoyed it very much , wasn't many people there but may be due to the weather and the time of the year.
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
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.
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
Neat building with several very good displays. The old mining history of Nelson was great to see and learn about.
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.
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
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.
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.
This place really took us by surprise. They had an incredible art installation from a lovely Canadian modern artist as well as a great local heritage exhibition. The amount of things we learned in the few hours we were there was just great! I highly recommend stopping by and taking in some local flavour.
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