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
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

CANCELLED The Kids' Conference - Sat. Jan. 26, 2019

This event has been cancelled, as of January 8th, 2019. The Kids' Conference is back at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10-4! Our booth will be set up just outside the Museum doors in the...
Event Details
01/02/2019 - 28/02/2019
All Day

'Hogs & Hearts I-Spy

Calling all eagle-eyes! Our gallery has been overrun with groundhogs and hearts to celebrate both Groundhog Day and Valentines' Day! While you're visiting the museum during the month of February, our young (or young-at-heart) visitors can pick up a checklist...
Event Details
01/02/2019 - 28/02/2019
All Day

Lunar New Year self-guided gallery tour

Gong hei fat choy! Gong xi fa cai! To celebrate Lunar New Year on February 5, 2019, request a special gallery guide at the front desk through the month of February. Use the guide to explore the Chinatown section of...
Event Details
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Nanaimo Mysteries Presentation - February 27, 2019

Many of Nanaimo’s most intriguing mysteries have been buried for decades. On February 27 from 6:30-7:30pm, join Curator Aimee Greenaway to hear stories of historic murders, a safe cracker, a forgotten ski hill and a "Cadborosaurus" from the Nanaimo Mysteries...
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