Events & Presentations

Crime & Punishment Lantern Tour

Date(s) - 01/10/2023 - 31/10/2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Lantern Tour tickets are now sold out!  Thank you to everyone who purchased. If you missed out, tickets for next season go on sale early September 2024!


The Crime & Punishment Lantern Tour includes tales about some of Nanaimo’s most notorious outlaws and daring heists. Join us for this outdoor walking tour of downtown to hear about the darker side of Nanaimo’s history while visiting local landmarks.

Cost: $15 per person  

Age: 12 years+ recommended (mature content) 

Duration: 90 minutes 

What to bring:  

  • Comfortable walking shoes  
  • Weather-appropriate clothing 
  • Water 
  • Courage! 

When: This tour runs 6:30pm-8:00pm or 5:00pm-6:30pm (please check tickets carefully) rain or (moon)shine. More dates or times may be added depending on demand. 

  • Friday, October 6 (6:30pm-8:00pm) SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday, October 14 (6:30pm-8:00pm) SOLD OUT!
  • Friday, October 20 (6:30pm-8:00pm) SOLD OUT!
  • Saturday, October 28 (6:30pm-8:00pm) SOLD OUT!

Meet at the Museum approximately 10-15 minutes in advance of the start time to ensure a prompt tour departure. The Nanaimo Museum is located at 100 Museum Way, downtown Nanaimo. Our front door is next to Serious Coffee on Commercial St.  

The route includes hills and walking approximately 1.5km around downtown. The tour route is wheelchair accessible. 

Masks are recommended for all guests while indoors. Service animals are welcome, but pets are not permitted on the tour. 

Pre-registration is required. Due to the popularity of the Lantern Tours, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other tour dates.   

However, if you are feeling ill or have symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend. In this case, we will either do our best to transfer your tickets to another date (depending on availability), or arrange a refund.  

The Nanaimo Museum is a non-profit society, and all ticket proceeds go directly back into funding for programs like this one. Thank you!  

Although online payment is made through PayPal, a PayPal account is not required, only a credit card or debit card. Please note that there will be no physical ticket issued. Your spot in this tour is confirmed once you have the PayPal transaction confirmation. Registration can also be made over the phone or in person. 

If you wish to book more than 4 tickets together, please call the front desk during business hours (10-4, Tues-Sat): 250-753-1821. 


True crime not your thing? Check out the Haunted Nanaimo Lantern Tour for some spooky supernatural fun!

Are you more interested in a seated presentation-style event? Check out the Brother XII presentations also happening this October. Curator Aimee Greenaway explores the history of cult leader Edward Wilson and his rise and fall as Brother XII, as well as some of his followers’ stories.

Bookings are closed for this event.

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