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Welcome to the Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo World Championship Bathtub, Frank Net Uniform

Snuneymuxw First Nation Diorama and Welcome Figure

Bastion Era

The Nanaimo Museum hosts an array of informative and interactive exhibits that showcase Nanaimo's dynamic history and culture.

The Permanent Exhibits in the Museum's gallery highlight industries that have shaped Nanaimo into the city it is today. As well as featuring local First Nations history and the lifestyles of early settlers and residents of this great city. Be sure not to miss out on the Museum's rotating feature exhibit, to find out more about the current feature or future exhibits coming to the Nanaimo Museum Click HERE.

Also be sure to look through the Sports Hall of Fame next to the gift shop. This exhibit highlights athletes, coaches, and key individuals in the community that have helped to further sports in Nanaimo, and is currently home to the prestigious Wally Buono Award. Also located in lobby is the feature Community Hallway Display. This rotating exhibition showcases artists, photographers, and literary works is not to be missed.


   Opening in the winter of 2013, the Nanaimo Museum is proud to present several new additions to our permanent exhibit space. These new exhibits include a historical look at Nanaimo’s retail history, main hospital facilities, a civic display, Nanaimo’s Chinese experience and much more. The goal of these new permanent exhibits is to show the development of Nanaimo into the city it is today, and how different institutions have shaped this growth. Stay tuned for more exhibit updates and the public unveiling date.

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