Nanaimo Museum, Nanaimo

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Discover the city's indispensable contributions to Canada and find out about the first settlers at Nanaimo Museum. Take a guided tour and bring your trip alive with stories of what life was like for the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the native people of the region. Pay special attention to the replica coal mine, illuminating the main economic thrust of the city and giving you insight into life in the depths. Stop off at the affordably priced gift shop for a memento. Make Nanaimo Museum a centerpiece of your Nanaimo vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Nanaimo road trip tool .
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  • 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.  more »
  • The Museum is not due to the price (2 CAD / adult), but because of the whole institution. The room has many corners, that's something new to the discover there. There are also things to touch, read or interactive prompts, so that you can choose in the coal mine itself, what you want to hear. Small and fine, and much to the watch.
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  • 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 tra...  more »
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  • I visit once or twice a year. The mine exhibit is good but so are those on the whole history of Nanaimo. The special exhibits are usually well worth a visit. And the extra-curricular stuff like the Father XII tour are excellent. And the entry price ($2?) can't be beat.
  • A great museum for a rainy day, especially considering the VERY reasonable admission fee ($2/adult). There's a nice variety of interesting artifacts in the permanent collection. The immersive exhibits (the coal mine and the general store) are pretty neat too! My mom particularly enjoyed the Centennial Stories featured exhibit.
  • Boring place. Huge square footage filled with mostly nothing. What did I learn about Nanaimo? Nothing. What about Nanaimo history? Almost nothing. Will I go there again? Highly unlikely. Overpriced, overrated, understuffed (not enough artifacts on display to be called a "museum") There is a lovely military museum just a block away. They do need space. Suggest to close this glorified collection of old junk and expand military museum instead. It will be way better investment for the city of Nanaimo. Не самое интересное место для посещения. Практически ничего нет такого чтобы посмотреть и запомнить. Та,к, просто кучка старого барахла под видом "музея". Не тратьте зря ваши денежки. Оно того не стоит
  • The exhibits were really interesting! A nice balance of historic Nanaimo and local First Nations.
  • More like the lack of experience. We have guests with us for the weekend and were looking for something to do on a wet rainy day. How odd that according to the google search, the museum is closed on the weekend. The one time when people might actually have the time to go and visit it. How seriously unfortunate.

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Where to stay in Nanaimo

Stay at one of the guesthouses and inns lining Front Street if you want to be in the heart of the city, while also enjoying the waterfront at your doorstep. For a more natural ambiance, head north of the center along the coastal highway, where you can choose from a selection of inns and resorts boasting views over Newcastle Island. If you have a car and prefer an easy route out of town, stay at one of the motels lining Island Highway to the northwest of the center.
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