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Nanaimo Museum

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Address: 100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 2X1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-753-1821
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Nanaimo Museum: Discover Nanaimo’s fascinating history in our new museum...

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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Very well done Museum

WE visited the Museum for the first time this summer and were pleasantly surprised as to how well it was set up. The exhibits offered a good variety of the history of Nanaimo... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
8benny719
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WE visited the Museum for the first time this summer and were pleasantly surprised as to how well it was set up. The exhibits offered a good variety of the history of Nanaimo, including the Mining & logging industry. Well worth a visit.

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Thank 8benny719
Nanaimo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The kids and I really enjoyed out visit! So much to learn and see! Very enjoyable afternoon sent at the Museum. We will be back! :)

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Thank stewartt520
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful visit to this smaller museum and what a pleasure it was. While the museum is not large, it does a great job of depicting Nanaimo's history. The gallery dedicated to coal mines is well done. They have displayed a wonderful array of artifacts related to the area. I highly recommend anyone visit the museum if you are... More 

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Thank BobD2011
Nanaimo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Don't miss this museum. It may be small but its big in heart. In addition to special displays they have a great permanent display on the local First Nations that is second to none. The gift shop is great and there's a place to have coffee right next door. Plus you're on a very interesting street with great shops, bars... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We had been up island for a few days and on our way home, decided to visit the museum. The heavy rain put a damper on a walk or hike. The museum does an excellent job of showing the early history of Nanaimo. How it got started, the coal mines, logging, lumber and fishing industries that still exist today. Oops!!... More 

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Thank bemeyer
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

This small and compact museum covers the history and resource industries of the Nanaimo area. The admission is quite inexpensive. The museum includes an exceptional gift shop with reasonable prices.

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1 Thank Geopiggy
Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Really enjoy visiting this museum as it provides a good history of Nanaimo and it is done in a very nice style. Give it try I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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1 Thank billandwendy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We got to the museum an hour before closing, and they let us in for free! It was a total blast for the hour -- very cool coal exhibit -- but in not sure how much longer it would have kept our attention for. Only costs $1.75 for students though, so we would have been happy to pay!

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1 Thank Liam G
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

This is a very good, if small museum. It traces the development of the town and local industries and the people involved.. The sections on mining and the Chinese community are very good. The mining section may be a little scary for young children as it is very dark. The evolution of miners lighting is of particular interest. The section... More 

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Small museum but very interesting with local history telling the development of the town, Well displayed & plenty of information on artifacts.

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