Nanaimo Museum

Address: 100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J8


Saturday 10a.m.–4p.m.

Sunday Closed

Monday Closed

Tuesday 10a.m.–4p.m.

Wednesday 10a.m.–4p.m.

Thursday 10a.m.–4p.m.

Friday 10a.m.–4p.m.

Phone: (250) 753-1821


It is located downtown, on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. The way they set up the exhibits and collections is really nice and interactive for the most part. Really interesting and informative. Would go a few times again. It is a place where you can spend at least thirty minutes or more exploring and looking around. My sister and I really enjoyed looking at the history of the city and the other pieces there. It is a dynamic facility offering diverse informative programming. The museum offers award-winning exhibits, popular meeting, and reception spaces, and a destination Gift Shop. The expanded space has allowed the museum to bring top-ranked feature exhibits to the community from places like the Canadian History Museum, the National Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Nanaimo & District Museum Society operates the Nanaimo Museum and the Bastion with a mission to engage the community and visitors in meaningful experiences relating to the cultural heritage of what is now the City of Nanaimo and surrounding district, as well as to provide a learning environment through which the public can experience links between the past, present, and future. The museum has always placed a positive and accessible visitor experience at the forefront of operations. The First Nations collection is held in trust for the Snunéymuxw First Nation with whom they work closely to interpret their story. Geraldine Manson, Snuneymuxw First Nation Elder in Residence at VIU, began her involvement with the museum in 1991 during a dig at the St’lilup village site.

the Bastion

The Bastion is open 7 days a week from May long weekend through Labour Day. Group tours of the Bastion are available for booking during the off-season.

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