Guided School Programs

These exciting and interactive programs include a guided tour of one of the museum’s exhibits and a hands-on activity.

Most programs are offered between September and June, are 90 minutes in length, and may take place in either the Nanaimo Museum or your classroom. Bring your students in for an exciting guided program. Programs range in topics from 19th Century Nanaimo to First Nations on Vancouver Island. See the complete guide for elementary school programs below. We also offer guided programs for high school students, please inquire for details.

For more information, or to sign up for a program, please contact Jamie Franzmann at 250-753-1821, use the contact form below, or email

Have you been to a program at the museum recently? We would love to hear your feedback, follow the link below for our evaluation form.

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.

Self Guided Tour:

Discovery Sheets $10/class plus Regular Admission/person

Programs are available year round Monday to Friday

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Contact Jamie Franzmann at 250-753-1821,, or make an inquiry using the form below.



New! Module System

To increase the flexibility of our programs, we have developed a new module system. Educators can add modules to an existing program or build their own custom program using modules.


Classroom Program Kits

These kits, for use in the classroom, are available when a school program is booked either at the museum or in the classroom. The kit is available for one week on a first come, first serve basis either before or after your booked program. There is a $25 fee for the classroom program kits. Available kits complement the Child’s Life and Coal Miner’s Family programs.

A Child’s Life Kit

The kit contains a board game designed to teach the students about what it was like to live in early 1900’s Nanaimo, both at school and in the home. There are jigsaw puzzles of early Nanaimo photographs, as well as school work sheets taken from 1930’s reading and arithmetic text books. There is background information on early Nanaimo education.


Snuneymuxw Seasons

Grade K-2
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Snuneymuxw Traditional Life

Grade 3
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Yesteryear Christmas

Grade K - 3
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Navigating Our Heritage

Grade 5-7
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Coal Miners Child

Grade 1-2
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Black Diamonds

Grade 5
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The Bastion

Grade 3-5
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Grade K-2
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From Cedar to Coal

Grade 4
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West Coast First Nations Art

Grade 5-7
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Booking Details

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Contact forms will be responded to within 2 business days. For immediate service please call 250-753-1821.