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
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
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
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Beachy Bathtub Day with Nanaimo Museum - Bathtub Day Street Fair

  Soak in the beachy vibes at our street fair booth! Join the Nanaimo Museum on the sidewalk from 11am-4pm, along with the rest of Nanaimo's Downtown at the Bathtub Days Street Fair, on Commercial Street. Ongoing through the day:...
Event Details
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CANCELLED - Drum Making with Jorge Two Eagles Lewis

This event has been cancelled due to low registration. If you registered, thank you! Refunds will be arranged. Participants will learn traditional knowledge about Coast Salish drums and drum making from Jorge Two Eagles Lewis before making their own 12"...
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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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