Nanaimo Museum Gift Shop

The gift shop is located in the lobby of the Nanaimo Museum and is easily accessible from Commercial Street (in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre next to Serious Coffee).

The museum’s gift shop is a great place to shop for terrific keepsakes and unique gift items such as books on local history, jewellery, crafts, decor, carvings from local Nanaimo first nations artists, old fashioned toys and much more.

Proceeds from sales support educational programming.

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Featured Products

Cedar Chests

One-of-a-kind, First Nations inspired chests are created in a rehabilitation program at William Head Prison in Victoria. Artist Del French creates these unique pieces exclusively for the Nanaimo Museum. Crafted from beautiful yellow cedar or alder with lids featuring woven red cedar insets, these chests provide a safe environment to store personal treasures and create a lovely aroma when opened.

Fred Peters

Artist Fred Peters depicted colorful, fun portrayals of west coast life with his vivid acrylic pieces. The museum commissioned an image of the Bastion and harbour that is the perfect addition to a gift or souvenir from Nanaimo. This striking image adorns playing cards, tote bags, wine stoppers, note books, aprons, tea towels, mugs and many other popular items. The museum is grateful to Peters for his donation of this wonderful work.

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages returns to Nanaimo... Exclusively at the Nanaimo Museum
Ten Thousand Villages is the oldest and largest Fair Trade organization in North America carrying artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from around the globe. Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships.

Locally made jewellery and art

The gift shop carries a selection of locally made jewellery and art. With everything from local First Nations carvings to cedar wall hangings and sea glass jewellery to wooden children's toys you will find something handmade for everyone on your list.

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