With the Museum’s relocation in 2008 to the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, staff were able to expand the size and diversity of our permanent exhibits.
Building upon the rich history and culture of Nanaimo’s past the Museum’s permanent exhibits take visitors on a visual journey. Highlighting the industries that helped shape the city in addition to First Nations history and the lifestyles of city residents, a tour through the museum’s gallery is an informative and rewarding experience not to be missed.
Educating Nanaimo gives visitors a feeling of what it would be like inside of a mid-1920s school room. This classroom features many elements of an early Nanaimo school room,... Learn More
The Bastion Era
The Bastion Era takes a look at the most famous building in Nanaimo that was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1853. The exhibit also features the arrival of... Learn More
Hub City takes an intriguing look at the city’s past. Comprised of several different elements, this exhibit highlights the commercial development of Nanaimo, Chinatown, as well as a feature... Learn More
Timber! explores the historical impact of the forestry industry on the region. Discover the importance of logging, sawmills, and pulp manufacturing through interpretive panels, fascinating models, and informative displays. In... Learn More
The Snunéymuxw exhibit is your gateway to an interactive journey of discovery. See what daily life was like in a traditional longhouse and gain knowledge of the curious objects... Learn More
The Harbour provides an intriguing look at the evolution of Nanaimo’s harbour as a hub of activity involving transportation and trade, and its function as a shipping port for coal... Learn More
The Coal Mine
The Coal Mine is an award-winning, popular exhibit that was built with help from scenic artists working in the movie industry. The coal mine shaft is as close to... Learn More
Mine managers encouraged the miners, mostly from Britain, to participate in recreational activities by subsidizing colliery bands and providing band members with free coal to heat their homes. Opera... Learn More
The Welcome Area
What makes Nanaimo unique? The Welcome Area showcases local “firsts” and highlights. The Adopt an Artifact display in this area showcases the important role community members have played in... Learn More