Home School & ESL Programs

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Home-school-specific sessions of our educational programs are scheduled throughout the year! See below for dates and registration information.


Home learner groups and educators can book in-person and virtual field trips!

Check out our menu of educational programs on the main school program page! 

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In-Person Field Trips:

Join us in the gallery as we explore Nanaimo’s past with a variety of programs, suitable for learners aged 5-18!

A home schooling organization or a home schooling network of at least 8 learners can book a private session of any of our in-person programs! Remember to check the Feature Exhibit Programs and Coming Soon sections for details on new, limited-timeprograms connected to temporary exhibits. See more info on the main school programs page or contact Steph at program@nanaimomuseum.ca. 

We recommend masks for all learners, educators, and non-learner guests, as the Museum is a public and tourist attraction. We appreciate your help in keeping our guests, staff, and kids safe. Hand hygiene will be maintained throughout your visit. See our Communicable Disease Plan page for more safety information.

Individual learners can register for home-school-specific sessions of our most popular educational programs.

2023-2024 Home School program sessions

Advance registration is required, as spaces are limited. Each learner or family of learners must be accompanied by at least one adult for the duration of the program. See below for dates and follow the links for more information. Registration for 2023 programs is open now. Check back regularly for 2024 sessions!

Cost: $8 per learner. Adults complimentary

Wednesday, October 11, 2023. 10:00-11:30amReserve your spot here!

Tuesday, November 7, 2023. 10:00-11:30am Reserve your spot here!

Thursday, December 7, 2023. 9:30-11:00am Reserve your spot here!

Wednesday, January 24, 2024. 10:00-11:30am 

Thursday, February 15, 2024. 10:00-11:30am 

Friday, April 19, 2024. 10:00-11:30am 

  • Broken Promises  
    • Ages TBD 
    • More info to come

Tuesday, May 14, 2024. 10:00-11:30am 

  • Broken Promises 
    • Ages TBD 
    • More info to come

Tuesday, June 4, 2024. 10:00-12:00pm 

Virtual Field Trips: 

Invite the museum to your learning space, virtually – live or pre-recorded! 


Feature Exhibit Programs (Limited Time)!

stem ‘al’u ‘u’ ni xe’xe What is Sacred? School Program

Ages 10-12, 13-17 (Grades 5-7, 8-12)

This program is based on our current feature exhibit stem ‘al’u ‘u’ ni xe’xe What is Sacred?, curated by Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun (Snuneymuxw). The exhibit includes historical and contemporary examples of Coast Salish art with a focus on Snuneymuxw and cultures on the mid-island, and is a celebration of the richness and vitality of Coast Salish art.

Ages 5-9 (Grades K-4)

Younger learners can also experience this special exhibit with short add-ons to other program bookings.

Check out the program page for more info.

For more information, or to book a program, please contact Steph Kveton using the contact form below, or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca



Guided tours of the Nanaimo Museum and the Bastion are available for your ESL class or group. Our tour guides will make history come alive for your students while using easy-to-understand vocabulary and sentence structure. A minimum of 10 guests is required to book.

Masks are recommended for all guests, as the Museum is a public space and tourist attraction.  Hand hygiene will be maintained by guests and staff members throughout your visit. 

Public Health Orders are changing frequently. Requirements and availability of in-person school visits are subject to change. We will be in touch to update you as needed. 

To inquire about booking an ESL guided tour please fill out the form below or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca.

Booking Details

Make a Booking Inquiry!

Contact forms will be responded to within 2 business days. Please call 250-753-1821 to speak with the front desk.

  • Unless otherwise noted, programs are in-person at the museum.