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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:

A Terrible Beauty:
Edward Burtynsky in Dialogue with Emily Carr

September 5 - November 21
Curated by Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery
Presented in Partnership with the Nanaimo Art Gallery  

A Terrible Beauty offers a selection of photographs by Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky, who is internationally renowned for his captivating images of natural and built environments that reflect both the impressive reach of human enterprise and the extraordinary impact of our hubris. Produced between 1983 and 2013, the photographs in A Terrible Beauty together represent all of his major bodies of work, from his early series of homestead photographs shot in British Columbia in the 1980s to his new, groundbreaking project on the subject of water and its fundamental place in the world ecology.

Burtynskyís work is presented in dialogue with a smaller selection of paintings and drawings by Emily Carr, an artist who likewise observed the impact of human industry on the natural world in some of her best-known works. Carr was painting in the early 20th century at a time when industrialized agriculture, resource extraction and practices such as large-scale logging in British Columbia were on the rise. Many of Carrís sweeping vistas of sky were views only made possible by the clear-cutting of the forest. Though working in different media and over fifty years apart, both artists sought to record the changing, industrialized landscape and our place within it.

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, with the generous support of the Killy Foundation

Upcoming Exhibits 2015: 

Christmas in the Golden Age of Radio
December 1 - January 2
Experience the Golden Age of Radio during the Christmas season.  The exhibit features the museumís radio collection, including artifacts connected to Fletcherís Furniture, a popular downtown store for over 100 years.      

Upcoming Exhibits 2016:

Exhibit Schedule TBA


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