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.

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
23/06/2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Art of Wearing Kimonos - Crafternoon Series

Kimonos are Japanese traditional outfits, as many people know. Before the Meiji period (1868-1919), all Japanese people wore kimonos. Nowadays even Japanese people don't have many chances to wear kimonos or see other people wearing kimonos in daily life. It...
Event Details
04/07/2018 - 29/08/2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Poetry & Protests : Drop-in kids' program

Tying in with the feature exhibit, A Call for Justice: Japanese Canadian Redress 1977-1988, Poetry and Protests highlights some important pieces of Japanese Canadian heritage and history through kids activities. Children can make a Sakura cherry blossom craft, put together...
Event Details
05/07/2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Cemetery Tours-July 5th

From a madam in Nanaimo’s Red Light district to a local merchant who made a fortune in the Klondike gold rush, the Cemetery Tour highlights Nanaimo’s most interesting residents. The nearby community of Extension is featured with stories of the...
Event Details
06/07/2018 - 31/08/2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Sea Salt & River Rocks: Drop-in kids' program

Vancouver Island is surrounded by the salty ocean and is cut through by rushing rivers. In Sea Salt and River Rocks, activities will get kids thinking about which animals live where, making a turtle craft, and even going “fishing”! Sea...
Event Details
07/07/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Coast Salish Weaving with Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph - Crafternoon Series

Join Chepximiya Siyam Chief Janice George and Skwtsimeltxw Buddy Joseph in a full day Crafternoon session on Coast Salish Weaving at Nanaimo Museum. Coast Salish blankets were traditionally woven for special ceremonies and events, steeped in positive thoughts and prayers...
Event Details
28/07/2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Drum Making with Jorge Two Eagles Lewis

Participants will learn traditional knowledge about Coast Salish drums and drum making from Jorge Two Eagles Lewis before making their own 12" drum in this two hour session. Jorge Two Eagles Lewis Jorge  is from the Snuneymuxw First Nation in...
Event Details
02/08/2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Cemetery Tours-August 2nd

From a madam in Nanaimo’s Red Light district to a local merchant who made a fortune in the Klondike gold rush, the Cemetery Tour highlights Nanaimo’s most interesting residents. The nearby community of Extension is featured with stories of the...
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