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. Add Nanaimo Museum and other attractions to your Nanaimo trip itinerary using our Nanaimo travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Charming museum with interesting and well presented exhibits of Nanaimo's past. Indigenous culture is well represented in a meaningful way. Coal mine exhibit is a must see... interactive and informati...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    This museum was fascinating but somewhat disappointing for some reason. However, my wife and I learned a bit of history that we did not know since Nanaimo is famous not only for Nanaimo Bars, but is a...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    A small; but well designed museum that revisited the mid-island regions history. Signage and displays are well done and on occasion there is an individual group or historical event that is highlighted...  more »
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  • March 6, 2017
    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.
  • March 7, 2017
    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.
  • February 10, 2017
    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
  • February 11, 2017
    The exhibits were really interesting! A nice balance of historic Nanaimo and local First Nations.
  • March 26, 2017
    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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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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