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
18/03/2019 - 30/03/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kids' Case Files - Spring Break 2019

Take a step into Nanaimo's past and solve a real, 1924 bank robbery at Nanaimo Museum during Spring Break this March. Linked with the Nanaimo Mysteries  feature exhibit, two new programs will entertain and fascinate kids through the two week break....
Event Details
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Nanaimo Mysteries Presentation - May 1, 2019

Many of Nanaimo’s most intriguing mysteries have been buried for decades. On May 1 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...
Event Details
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...
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