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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:

Rationing to Ravishing: Women's Fashions of the 40s & 50s
May 15 - August 23
Curated by Ivan Sayers & Claus Jahnke, Developed by the Museum of Vancouver
From jumpsuits to evening gowns, this exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and that reflect how WWII changed society.  During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned. Then, in the 1950s, girlishness became the rage.

Upcoming Exhibits 2015: 

A Terrible Beauty - Emily Carr/Edward Burtynsky
September 5 - November 21
Curated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Nanaimo Art Gallery  
This exhibit includes Emily Carr paintings, believed to be the first time that Carrís paintings have been on public exhibit in Nanaimo.  Photos by internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky are exhibited with paintings and drawings by Emily Carr.  Burtynsky and Carrís stunning pieces captured the impacts of human activity on natural landscapes.

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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