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“Small exhibits, affordable outing”
Review of Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo Museum
Ranked #7 of 74 things to do in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Edmonton, Canada
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78 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Small exhibits, affordable outing”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

A group of us checked out the Nanaimo museum. It was very small inside and the two exhibits were also small. It was neat to learn about the coal mining history of the city. Over all we spent about an hour at the museum. We each paid $2 for admission so it was a decent affordable outing. However I don't think we will return.

Visited September 2012
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Nanaimo BC
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent location in the heart of downtown Nanaimo”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Showcases the times of Nanaimo..with lots of local history and island history.
Often showcases a travelling art promotion as well
Always worth a stop to learn something new whether or not you are a local or a visitor from afar!

Visited September 2012
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debbieNanaimo, General Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your visit-thank you for the 5 stars!!
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Nanaimo, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great to be reminded of times passed.”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Though not as impessive as a large city museum it represented our area well and was interesting.The early Nanaimo schoolroom was fun for me to tell my grandchild about and we sat in the old desks. She learned about ink wells and dressed up in the clothes of those days

Visited July 2012
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Snohomish, Washington
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3 reviews
“Local history”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

A large gift shop with interesting items. The local exhibits (Coal Mining in Nanaimo, and Camping) were both very interesting. My grandfather was a coal miner and once lived in Nanaimo as a young man, so that exhibit was particularly relevant. The camping exhibit was very nostalgic..."we had one of those! and those, and that..."

Visited March 2013
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debbieNanaimo, Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Yes, our feature exhibit on camping has brought back lots of memories for people! So glad you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for taking the time to give us a review. It is always nice to hear about people's experiences here at the museum, especially when there is a personal connection.
Our next feature exhibit (Art Deco Fashions) opens in mid-May, so hopefully we will see you back again soon!

Thanks again,
Nanaimo Museum Staff
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Nanaimo, Canada
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60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Surprisingly great museum”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Pleasantly surprised by the Nanaimo Museum. Much larger than I anticipated and very well detailed and laid out. A fun, interactive experience for young and old.

Visited June 2012
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debbieNanaimo, General Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your visit-thanks for the review and please spread the word!!
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