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
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Chado: The Way of Tea - Crafternoon Series

Chado, or Tea Ceremony, is a traditional practice in Japanese culture. It originated as a Zen practice in the 16th century, and continues to this day. Chado includes drinking matcha green tea, made from the ground leaves of the camellia...
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Saori Handweaving: A Japanese textile revolution - Crafternoons Series

Throw out the rules and unleash your creativity! Learn the methods and principals of Saori Handweaving, be inspired by examples and play with a variety of materials on floor looms. In this 3-hour session, participants will have the chance to...
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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...
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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...
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