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
25/05/2019
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Basics of Cedar Weaving May 25th - Crafternoon Series

Join Dave Bodaly for a Cedar weaving Crafternoon, on Saturday, May 25, from 1-2:30pm. Have you ever wanted to try cedar weaving? This is the session for you! Participants will weave a four-strand red cedar bracelet, under the guidance of...
Event Details
14/06/2019
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
escape room style program. solve clues and puzzles to discover how the murder case ended.

Case Files: Bound for Murder - June 14, 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
21/06/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21st

Come to the Nanaimo Museum to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day! Stay tuned for more information!
Event Details
28/06/2019
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
escape room style program. solve clues and puzzles to discover how the murder case ended.

Case Files: Bound for Murder - June 28, 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
05/07/2019
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
escape room style program. solve clues and puzzles to discover how the murder case ended.

Case Files: Bound for Murder - July 5, 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
06/07/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
guided tour of Pioneer Cemetery Park Nanaimo

Pioneer Cemetery Tour - July 6, 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
12/07/2019
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
escape room style program. solve clues and puzzles to discover how the murder case ended.

Case Files: Bound for Murder - July 12, 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
12/07/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
red light district nanaimo lantern tour

Red Light District Tour - July 12, 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 July...
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...
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