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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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  • Interesting and full of information, but a bit boring for younger kids:( I enjoyed it greatly and learned a bunch about coal miners but didn't stay as long as I would have liked due to my kids becomin...  more »
  • It is a small museum but they pack in a lot. If you at all have an interest in history I would recommend a visit. You can do it in under an hour.  more »
  • OK, I know that civic museums can be snore fests, too long, too little of interest, and so on. But this small museum is a gem! As Nanaimo is a city with some age and history, it is a glimpse back into...  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.