Museum Hours & Admission

COVID-19 Update: The Nanaimo Museum is open with limited hours, and entry to the gallery is by timed admission only. Please visit our Reopening Page for up-to-date hours, entry tickets and safety information. Thank you for your understanding.

Fall/Winter/Spring Hours

10:00am – 4:00pm

Monday to Saturday,

Closed Sundays and Holidays*


Summer Hours

10:00am – 4:00pm

Wednesday – Sunday,

June 17 to September 6, 2020


The museum will be closed on Good Friday, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, December 29th, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and January 2nd.

The museum will be open on 10:00am – 4:00pm on Family Day, Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, BC Day, and Labour Day.

Hours are occasionally subject to change on short notice – please check hours on top right of home page for the most current information.

The museum is wheelchair accessible.



Adult $2.00
Student/Senior $1.75
Children (5-12) $0.75
Children (under 5) FREE

*Please note, we do not accept debit or credit transactions under $5*


Admission by donation to a local charity

Free Admission for the Summer SeasonĀ 

Admission is FREE until September 18th this year thanks to a generous donation by the Stanley de Vos Fund at the Nanaimo Foundation


Bastion Hours & Admission

Bastion Hours

10:00am – 4:00pm

COVID-19 Update: The Bastion will be be closed for the Summer 2020 season. Due to concerns around social distancing, cannon firings have been cancelled until further notice.

Museum Day to Labour Day (Monday, May 18 – Monday, September 7)

Tours are available off-season by appointment, please phone 250.753.1821 to make arrangements.

Hours subject to change without notice.

Unfortunately the Bastion is not wheelchair accessible.
Admission Rates

Admission is by donation

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