Events & Presentations

Here at the Nanaimo Museum, one of our specialties is events. What really makes Nanaimo Museum events so distinctive is our focus on the heritage and cultural aspects of our community. From exhibit openings and formal banquets to historical tours and multicultural celebrations, we strive to offer the best educational and entertaining programs, activities, and events.

One of the main benefits of our 16,000 sq.ft. facility is that we have more space and resources, and therefore more options in the kind of events we can host. From a handful to hundreds of people, we can now accommodate a much wider range of events from small birthday parties in the programming area to major gatherings in the gallery.

Check out the events we have happening this season below, or follow the links for details on our guided and family programming as well as our home-school, school and ESL offerings.

Crafternoons are returning for 2019! We’re currently looking for makers, artists, and knowledge keepers to teach a craft, skill, or other participatory cultural practice in Crafternoons sessions. Please visit the Crafternoons 2019 page to learn more. For hopeful participants, Crafternoon offerings should start appearing in our calendar below as early as March 2019.



Want to host an event here?

Although the Nanaimo Museum organizes many of its own unique events, such as the opening receptions of major traveling exhibits, our Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and special cannon firing ceremonies at the Bastion, it is also here for other community groups and organizations to utilize.

Whether it’s for a conference delegate event, a news conference, a scholarly seminar, a corporate meeting, a wedding reception, or another special social gathering, the museum has facilities and services available for hire.

Date/Time Event
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Haunted Coal Mine: Murder Alley

Victorian Murder Alley Haunted Coal Mine October 26 10:00am - 3:00pm Enter the dark, dangerous underworld of Victorian London in this year’s Haunted Coal Mine! Costumed (or not!) visitors ages 5-95 will encounter shady characters, bloody brick walls and plenty...
Event Details
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Crime & Punishment Lantern Tour- Oct 26

Fatal love triangles, muddled motives, and severe consequences all play a part in the murderous stories told on the new Crime & Punishment Tour this October. Guests will join a Nanaimo Museum tour guide on a walk through downtown to sites related to crimes and punishments in Nanaimo at the turn of the century.
Event Details
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Haunted Nanaimo Lantern Tour- Oct 26

Unexplained phenomena, bloody apparitions, and uncanny spiritualists await at some of Nanaimo’s iconic historic landmarks. The new Haunted Nanaimo Tour takes participants on an outdoor (and in some cases indoor) path through downtown to share a few of the ghostly encounters experienced by locals throughout history.
Event Details
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Indigo-Shindigo Crafternoon- Nov 23

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 Time:  11:00am - 4:00pm (5 hours) Indigo-Shindigo is a five-hour-long workshop that teaches hands-on resist dye techniques with a natural Indigo vat. Indigo is a natural dye with over 700 plant varieties containing the Indigotin...
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