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“Great museum !!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nanaimo Museum

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
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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
Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great museum !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Well done displays, go underground in the coal mine, see bath tub racers, Nanaimo Bar recipes, logging and fishing history , mining under the ocean , awesome 2 hours for 2 bucks.

Visited June 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Don't miss this gem.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

I was very impressed with this museum; I believe it is the best museum for a town this size that I have ever visited. Located upstairs in a new building in the center of town, the Nanaimo museum packs a lot of interesting displays into its space. It is considerably larger inside than you might think from the lobby/gift shop. Inside are exhibits about the yachting, shipping, lumber and coal mining history of the town including a simulated coal mine. When you enter the museum you are given a metal token representing one of the miners, and when you enter that into a display case near the end of the coal mine you find out more about him and how he was affected by the various mine disasters over the years - a nice "personal" touch. There is a model school room that you can enter, complete with desks, inkwells, blackboard and typical embellishments that you would have found in a grade school. A small portion of the museum is dedicated to the history of the Nanaimo bar, a local confection that is popular in much of Canada, but sadly has not been "discovered" by those of us in the USA. The museum staff in the lobby were exceptionally helpful in sharing information about the town and other things to do there. The admission pice is ridiculously low - $2.00, or $1.75 for students and seniors. Inexpensive parking in the parkade under the museum makes a visit easy and a must for anyone who wants to learn a little (or a lot) more about this fascinating town.

Visited May 2012
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Nanaimo, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

I had not been to the new museum. I live in nanaimo and really was not interested in going, but i really enjoyed it! it brought back alot of memories!

Visited October 2011
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“Very impressive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

My friend and I were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the quality of this museum and the amount of things to look at. Well laid out, lovely lighting and a ton of historical information. The coal mine was especially impressive. A great place to bring your out of town guests.

Visited September 2011
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“Great Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

This is a totally Under-Rated museum, and holds a lot of Nanaimo's history inside it. One of the workers' jordan was extremely helpful in explaining some of the artifacts - we plan to go back there again!

Visited January 2012
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