Events & Presentations

Trick or Truth: Haunted Nanaimo Experience

Date(s) - 20/10/2020 - 31/10/2020
12:00 am

Trick or Truth: Haunted Nanaimo gallery experience 

Dates: Tues-Saturday October 20-24; October 27-31 

Where: Self-guided in the gallery and online 

Our annual Haunted Coal Mine event has been cancelled this year (Thanks COVID!), but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some spooky Halloween fun!  

October 28 Update: Make sure you book your time slot to so that we can be sure you acomodate you during our Trick or Truth Halloween event! Please be aware that our Coal Mine exhibit will be closed on Saturday, October 31st and will re-open on Tuesday, November 2nd.

Visit the museum October 20-24 and 27-31 to experience the self-guided Trick or Truth: Haunted Nanaimo Experience! For the two weeks leading up to Halloween, visit the gallery with your phone or tablet, and maybe a pair of headphones.  

The museum team has made four local ghost stories into videos. But, there’s a catch! Three of them are inspired by real local experiences, and one is a fake – our best attempt to make up a creepy Nanaimo ghost story. It’s up to you to decide which one is trick, and which are truth.  

How to Participate:  

  • Visit the museum Oct 20-31 by timed admission. Admission is by donation through Fall 2020! 
  • Bring your phone or tablet, and maybe a pair of headphones into the gallery with you 
  • Locate the four video stops in the gallery  
  • Scan the QR code or enter the links to watch the videos (See below how to prep your device in advance!)
  • Vote at the front desk: which one is a trick?  
  • Scan the QR code and enter the password for the Trick or Truth Revealed page to find out if you know your Nanaimo ghost stories 
  • Shhh, don’t tell anyone until Halloween!  

Check out our events page to choose your timed entry admission ticket! After you click, scroll down to select from our self-guided or bubble buddies programs!

Prep your device before you enter!

Follow these instructions to make sure your device is ready to read QR codes. Read on below, or download this handy instruction PDF for detailed steps: QR Code Instructions (PDF 77.4KB)

Instruction panels are also printed off in strategic locations in the gallery if you need them!

To read QR codes with ANDROID devices (any non-Apple device):

If you already have a QR code reader app (eg Google Lens), open the app and hold the device so that the square lines up over the code. Click the shutter button and click through to the video. 

To install the free Google Lens app to scan the QR Code:  

  1. Connect to Shaw Go WiFi (can be used by anyone in the gallery)
  2. Open Google Play and search “Lens” 
  3. The first result will be Google Lens, tap “Install”  
  4. Once it’s installed, select “Open”  
  5. Select open Camera 
  6. The first time you use this app, it will ask “Allow Google to take pictures and record video?” select “Allow”  
  7. Hold the device so that the square lines up over the QR code, and click the shutter button to scan.  
  8. Tap the link that appears, and enjoy the show!  

To read QR codes with Apple iOS:  

  1. Connect to Shaw Go WiFi (can be used by anyone in the gallery)
  2. Open Camera  
  3. Point camera at QR code and hold steady 
  4. Click on the link to safari that will pop up and it will take you to the link!  

COVID-19 Safety Info:

  • Entry by timed admission – please book a time online 
  • All guests to the museum must wear a mask 
  • Entry through Commercial St. Entrance only 
  • Washrooms closed 
  • Please do not visit if you have any cold or flu symptoms 
  • COVID safety protocols in place – Click here for more details
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