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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.

Fall 2015 Guided Tours

Brother XII Tour
Wednesdays, October 14, 21 & 28       Time: 6:30pm - 7:15pm

This downtown walking tour features Nanaimo’s most infamous resident.  Join the Nanaimo Museum as we separate fact from fiction about the life of Brother XII.  The tour stops at locations connected to Brother XII before and after he started a cult in Cedar-By-the-Sea in the late 1920s.  Artifacts connected with the Brother XII colony will be on exhibit in the museum.  Pre-registration is required and the cost is $10 per person.


Lantern Tours
Fridays, October 16, 23, 31                  Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Back by popular demand!  Lantern tours cover the darker side of history at downtown locations including the site of the last public hanging, the scandalous story of the famous architect who designed the courthouse and a murderer who was hung on Gallows Point.  Pre-registration is required and the cost is $15 per person.


Behind the Scenes Tours
Thursdays, November 12 & 19              Time: 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Ever wondered how the museum creates an exhibit?  This tour will take you behind the scenes with museum staff members to see our exhibit preparation area.  Learn how we select topics, design exhibits and select artifacts.

Summer 2015 Guided Tours & Programming

Bastion Tours
Thursdays & Saturdays in July & August, Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm

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 admission is by donation.

Wellington Cemetery Tours
July 16th & August 20th, Time: 10:00am - 10:45am

The Wellington Cemetery is one of the city’s best kept secrets.  The history of the Wellington area and stories of families who lived and were buried there over 100 years ago are featured in the tour.  Tour cost is $10 and pre-registration is required. Please call 250-753-1821 or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca.

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

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