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In addition to the Museumís Permanent Exhibits, we host three to four special exhibitions the year in our Feature Exhibit Gallery. Highlighting an array of travelling exhibits and local displays, the Feature Exhibit Gallery has showcased everything from fashion to sports. Local & Canadian history, numerous private collections and unique artistic collaborations have all been part of what we strive to bring to our community. Designed to inspire and invoke wonder, these dynamic exhibits are visual (and often interactive) delights for visitors.

To view past Feature Exhibits presented by the Nanaimo Museum Click HERE. Also be sure not to miss the Sports Hall of Fame or Community Hallway Display on your next Museum visit.

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Current Exhibit:

Discovering Departure Bay                                                         April 8th to May 31rd

The next feature exhibit in the Nanaimo Museum's Discovery series looks at the Departure Bay area. Opening April 8, the exhibit highlights stories from the Departure Bay neighborhood including its roots as a Snuneymuxw winter village, a haunted mansion built by the Dunsmuir family, a jail, crimes committed by visiting sailors and the installation of BC's first telephone. The area's heritage will be explored through photos, paintings and artifacts from the museum's collections and on loan from local families and organizations.

For more information please email info@nanaimomuseum.ca or call 250 753-1821.


Upcoming Exhibits 2014: 

Canada Day 1 - a travelling exhibit from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 1                                                                     June 1 to September 1

Ring of Fire: Canadians in the Pacific in WW2 - a travelling exhibit from the Military Museums in Calgary                                    September to December


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