Events & Presentations

Here at the Nanaimo Museum, one of our specialties is events. What really makes Nanaimo Museum events so distinctive is our focus on the heritage and cultural aspects of our community. From exhibit openings and formal banquets to historical tours and multicultural celebrations, we strive to offer the best educational and entertaining programs, activities, and events.

One of the main benefits of our 16,000 sq.ft. facility is that we have more space and resources, and therefore more options in the kind of events we can host. From a handful to hundreds of people, we can now accommodate a much wider range of events from small birthday parties in the programming area to major gatherings in the gallery.

Check out the events we have happening this season below, or follow the links for details on our guided and family programming as well as our home-school, school and ESL offerings.

Crafternoons are returning for 2019! We’re currently looking for makers, artists, and knowledge keepers to teach a craft, skill, or other participatory cultural practice in Crafternoons sessions. Please visit the Crafternoons 2019 page to learn more. For hopeful participants, Crafternoon offerings should start appearing in our calendar below as early as March 2019.

 

 

Want to host an event here?

Although the Nanaimo Museum organizes many of its own unique events, such as the opening receptions of major traveling exhibits, our Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and special cannon firing ceremonies at the Bastion, it is also here for other community groups and organizations to utilize.

Whether it’s for a conference delegate event, a news conference, a scholarly seminar, a corporate meeting, a wedding reception, or another special social gathering, the museum has facilities and services available for hire.

Date/Time Event
01/07/2019 - 31/08/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nanaimo Museum activity kids summer vacation what to do

Kids' Case Files - July & August 2019

Take a step into Nanaimo's past and follow the story of a real 1913 harbour disaster at Nanaimo Museum during July and August 2019. Linked with the Nanaimo Mysteries  feature exhibit, two new programs will entertain and fascinate kids through...
Event Details
19/07/2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bathtub Weekend!

Once again, the Nanaimo Museum will be participating in the Loyal Bathtub Society's Bathtub Weekend celebrations, in the annual Street Fair on Friday, July 19, 2019! Stay tuned for more information!
Event Details
24/07/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
guided tour of Pioneer Cemetery Park Nanaimo

Pioneer Cemetery Tour - July 24, 2019

Discover the stories buried in BC's third oldest cemetery. Nanaimo's original cemetery dates back to the 1850s and is now a public park. Stories of families, sailors and a casualty of the Crimean War in Russia paint a picture of...
Event Details
07/08/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
red light district nanaimo lantern tour

Red Light District Tour - August 7, 2019

Delve into the criminal world of corrupt law enforcement, business-savvy madams and sex workers from as far away as New Jersey in this brand new tour of Nanaimo’s former Red Light District. This tour is scheduled for 7:00pm on August...
Event Details
09/08/2019
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
escape room style program. solve clues and puzzles to discover how the murder case ended.

Case Files: Bound for Murder - August 9, 2019

Put on your detective hats and investigate a tangled, twisty murder from Nanaimo's past. Unreliable witnesses, family drama, and true-to-history red herrings will keep everyone guessing. Pre-registered groups of participants have under an hour to follow clues, complete puzzles, and...
Event Details
10/08/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
guided tour of Pioneer Cemetery Park Nanaimo

Pioneer Cemetery Tour - August 10, 2019

Discover the stories buried in BC's third oldest cemetery. Nanaimo's original cemetery dates back to the 1850s and is now a public park. Stories of families, sailors and a casualty of the Crimean War in Russia paint a picture of...
Event Details
16/08/2019
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
escape room style program. solve clues and puzzles to discover how the murder case ended.

Case Files: Bound for Murder - August 16, 2019

Put on your detective hats and investigate a tangled, twisty murder from Nanaimo's past. Unreliable witnesses, family drama, and true-to-history red herrings will keep everyone guessing. Pre-registered groups of participants have under an hour to follow clues, complete puzzles, and...
Event Details
21/08/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
guided tour of Pioneer Cemetery Park Nanaimo

Pioneer Cemetery Tour - August 21, 2019

Discover the stories buried in BC's third oldest cemetery. Nanaimo's original cemetery dates back to the 1850s and is now a public park. Stories of families, sailors and a casualty of the Crimean War in Russia paint a picture of...
Event Details
23/08/2019
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
escape room style program. solve clues and puzzles to discover how the murder case ended.

Case Files: Bound for Murder - August 23, 2019

Put on your detective hats and investigate a tangled, twisty murder from Nanaimo's past. Unreliable witnesses, family drama, and true-to-history red herrings will keep everyone guessing. Pre-registered groups of participants have under an hour to follow clues, complete puzzles, and...
Event Details
20/09/2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Presentation: From Outlaws to Inlaws: An Emotional History of Same-Sex Marriage

UPDATE: this presentation has been RESCHEDULED for September 20th, 2019. Most people think of same-sex marriage as a recent issue, but lesbian and gay couples have been staging their own wedding ceremonies since at least the 1920s. On September 20th,...
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