Guided School Programs

We can’t wait to welcome you and your students during the 2023-2024 school year!

Check out our menu of programs below. Subscribe to the Educator Newsletter for updates during the school year!


In-Person Field Trips:

Join us in the gallery as we explore Nanaimo’s past with various programs suitable for grades K-12!

See below for a full listing and details on each program. Remember to check the Feature Exhibit Programs and Coming Soon sections for details on new, limited-time programs connected to upcoming feature exhibits.

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

Virtual Field Trips: 

Invite the museum to your classroom, virtually! Live or pre-recorded

Our live virtual program and follow-up Q&A sessions connect your students with a Museum educator via Teams or Zoom.
Pre-recorded programs offer you one (1) month access and the flexibility to break up the material or mix and match activities to suit your students’ learning style. These can be combined with the live Q&A for an interactive experience! 


Feature Exhibit programs (Limited Time!)

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

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.

Grades K-4

Younger students 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


 Modules and Add-ons

Educators can add in person or virtual modules or add-ons to an existing program or build their own custom program using modules.

Under Review 2023-2024

Periodically, we review our school programs to ensure they are up to date and that they reflect new understandings and more nuanced perspectives. Nanaimo Museum staff review programs with guidance from Snuneymuxw Elders and Cultural Knowledge Keepers. See below for the school programs currently under review.

Classroom and Resource Kits

Classroom kits are unavailable at this time.

Self-Guided Discovery Programs

Explore the museum with your students during this program, which includes discovery sheets that allow students to match pictures with gallery items to find answers to the questions. Each exhibit area has its own unique discovery sheet. A customizable set of four discovery sheets make up one Discovery Sheets Clipboard

Virtual Programs

VIRTUAL Yesteryear Christmas

Grade K-3
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VIRTUAL Snuneymuxw Traditional Life

Grades 2-4
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Virtual Miner’s Cottage Tour

Grade K-3
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The Sweet Story of the Nanaimo Bar

Grade 3-10
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In Person Programs

stem ‘al’u ‘u’ ni xe’xe What is Sacred? school program

Grades 5-7+
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Snuneymuxw Seasons

Grade K-2
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Yesteryear Christmas

Grade K-2
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Grade K-2
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Coal Miner’s Child

Grade 1-2
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Snuneymuxw Traditional Life

Grade 3
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Black Diamonds

Grade 5
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West Coast First Nations Art

Grade 5-7
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The Bastion

Grade K-7
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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.