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Nanaimo Museum

100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
+1 250-753-1821
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Great exhibit

Stopped while out on a cruise. Very inexpensive admission so go have a look. It was interesting... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Aaron F
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Great museum for a great price

Admission is super affordable. There is a great variety of local history ranging from First... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
Laura S
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Nanaimo, Canada
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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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“coal mining” (16 reviews)
“first nations” (11 reviews)
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100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped while out on a cruise. Very inexpensive admission so go have a look. It was interesting to know how Nanaimo came about and the history behind the #2 island city. We liked the displays and helped get an idea of the history. Great stop...More

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Admission is super affordable. There is a great variety of local history ranging from First Nations, to Nanaimo Bars and bathtubs! There is also a great coal mining exhibit. A must see when in Nanaimo!

Thank Laura S
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Reviewed January 17, 2018 via mobile

I’ll start by saying that this museum is fantastic! While it isn’t the biggest in the world, it’s certainly packed full of everything you could ever want to learn about Nanaimo and the area, including First Nations history, Industrial heritage and day to day life....More

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Loved how the sections are laid out depicting Nanaimo History and the artifacts that are displayed making it an enjoyable trip down memory land. Great items in the gift store that is attached too plus you can hacve a coffee break next door when you...More

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Reviewed November 2, 2017

Went with the kids and had a great time. Should maybe have someone keeping an ey on small children who like to touch stuff though. Seems to be an accident waiting to happen.

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

There is an informative coal mining display, local history. This is a basic museum nothing special but you can see that an effort has been made. Their gift shop is priced ridiculous high hoping to trap the tourist..

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Reviewed September 27, 2017 via mobile

Just off the harbour front walk, the Nanaimo museum is a delight to see. A walk through here gives you a glimpse into the history of the area. Kids can learn from the detailed displays without knowing how to read. There is also an activity...More

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

We always like to check out local history museums when we have time, but keep our expectations modest. This one went far beyond our normal experience. Well worth at least an hour and we were there almost two. Much of the time was in great...More

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

If you are from BC you own it to yourself to visit. Some really interesting stuff about Nanaimo and it doesn't cost you a lot.

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

This museum is in downtown Nanaimo and has very interesting exhitions. Especially the coal mining exhibit is really informative.

Thank Gerda H
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