Museum Hours & Admission

COVID-19 Update: The Nanaimo Museum is open with new safety precautions. Please visit our COVID-19 Plan page for up-to-date hours and safety information. We are now welcoming guests from across Canada. Thank you for your understanding.

Museum Hours

10:00am – 4:00pm

Tuesday – Saturday

Closed Sunday/Mondays and some Holidays* – see holiday hours below.


Closed on Family Day, Easter Monday, Good Friday, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day,  New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day. For the 2022-23 holidays we will be closed from December 24th (Christmas Eve) through 27th, and again from December 31st through Tues, Jan 3rd, 2023.
Open 10:00am – 4:00pm on Victoria Day, Canada Day, BC Day, and Labour Day. Open Dec 19-22, Dec 23 (10am-3pm), Dec 28-29. Dec 30 (10am-3pm). Reopening Wednesday, January 4th, 2023.

Hours are occasionally subject to change on short notice – please check hours on top right of home page for the most current information.

The museum is wheelchair accessible.



Adult $2.00
Student/Senior $1.75
Children (5-12) $0.75
Children (under 5) FREE

Admission with Donation

Admission to the museum is currently with donation! Donate what you like by cash or card when you arrive. We appreciate your support!


Bastion Hours & Admission

Bastion Hours

10:00am – 4:00pm

COVID-19 Update: The Bastion operational hours are currently under review and updates will be posted here, on google, and on social media when ready. Private Tours are available.

Normal Season: Museum Day to Labour Day (Monday, May 18 – Monday, September 7) *Schedule will be different in 2022, updates to come

Tours are available by appointment, please phone 250.753.1821 to make arrangements.

Hours are subject to change without notice.

Unfortunately the Bastion is not wheelchair accessible.
Admission Rates

Admission is by donation

Get Involved With Nanaimo Museum

Share your COVID-19 Story

How have you been impacted by COVID-19? We are collecting stories, photos, objects and more related to the experience of COVID-19 here in Nanaimo. Share your story!

Visit our Gift Shop

Did you know our non-profit gift shop supports museum programming? Win win!