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To register please contact the Nanaimo Museum's Program Co-ordinator by phone (250.753.1821) or email (program@nanaimomuseum.ca).

Joe Good explains some Coast Salish carving techniques to Euan Wilson at the Nanaimo Museum
  The Nanaimo Museum offers a selction of guided tours throughout the year. We are pleased to bring you a variety of programming that changes annually. If the tour you were looking for is not offered as a public program this year, we also book private tours where you can choose from a wider range of programming.

Summer 2015 Guided Tours & Programming

To be announced in May 2015 - check back then!

Private Tours

The Nanaimo Museum offers private guided tours of the gallery, Bastion, and Miner's Cottage. Outdoor walking tours are available for topics such as cemetery and downtown heritage. All tours must be booked in advance. For more details please click on the tours below or contact Jamie Franzmann, Programming Coordinator, at (250)-753-1821 or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca for pricing and availability.

Museum Gallery Tours
Miner's Cottage Tours
Bastion Tours

Also check out the Coming Events page for exhibit openings, speaker presentations on a wide variety of topics and workshops.

Looking for something fun for the kids?
Check out our Family Activities listings HERE

Upcoming Public Guided Tours

Lantern Tours
Wednesday, October 8, 15, 22 & 29
6:30pm - 8:00pm


The museum is hosting Lantern Tours featuring stories of a grisly axe-murder from 145 years ago, public hangings, and reputed ghost sightings.  The Lantern Tour will take participants on a walk through downtown.  The group will stop outside various locations including the old provincial jail and hotels.  The tour meets at the Nanaimo Museum, the cost is $15 per person and pre-registration is required.

Bastion Tours

Thursdays and Saturdays in July & August at 12:00 (Excluding July 26) (after the cannon firing)

Watch the firing of the noon cannon and go on a guided tour of the Bastion.  Find out why the Bastion was built, the story behind the nearly 200 year old cannons and even ghostly experiences.  This tour is family friendly and takes 20 minutes.  Admission by donation.

Pioneer Cemetery Tours

Second and fourth Thursdays in July & August at 1:30 pm

Discover the stories buried in BC's third oldest cemetery.  Nanaimo's original cemetery dates back to the 1850s and is now a public park.  Stories of families, sailors and a casualty of the Crimean War in Russia paint a picture of life in Nanaimo over 160 years ago.  The cost is $10 per person, pre-registration required.  The tour is 45 minutes long.

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