Nanaimo Museum Guided Tours

Guided tours are offered throughout the year.

Gain a different perspective on Nanaimo’s history!  Participate in a tour with one of our knowledgeable guides.  Many tours are offered to the public seasonally.  Private group tours are also available upon request. See below for more details.

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SOLD OUT - Haunted Nanaimo Tours

SOLD OUT – Haunted Nanaimo Tours

01/10/2019 - 31/10/2019
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 through history.
Crime & Punishment Tours

Crime & Punishment Tours

01/10/2019 - 31/10/2019
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.
October Tours & Events

October Tours & Events

01/10/2019 - 31/10/2019
Spooktacular fun at the Nanaimo Museum this October! Lantern Tours, Brother XII, Gallery Rats, and a Haunted Coal Mine - we have something for everyone this Halloween season.
Brother XII Presentation - Oct 19

Brother XII Presentation – Oct 19

Brother XII channelled ancient Egyptian gods and attracted followers from all over the world to his colony at Cedar by the Sea.  This new presentation in the Nanaimo Museum’s gallery looks at the history of Edward Wilson and his rise and fall as Brother XII from a spiritual teacher to high-profile court cases, scandals and conspiracy theories.  His followers’ stories, including Madame Zee and respected astrologer Coulson Turnbull, illuminate this dark chapter in Nanaimo’s past.
Haunted Coal Mine: Murder Alley

Haunted Coal Mine: Murder Alley

Victorian Murder Alley Haunted Coal Mine October 26 10:00am - 3:00pm Enter the dark, dangerous...

Private Tours

Book private tours of the museum gallery, heritage buildings or walking tours.

Available Year Round

Gallery Tour

Get the inside perspective on our exhibits with a guided Gallery tour. The tour takes 45 minutes.  The cost is $6.50/person.  Minimum group size is 10 people and the maximum is 25 people.

Available Seasonally

Bastion Tour

See the inside of Nanaimo’s most recognizable landmark! The tour takes 30 minutes. The cost is $10/person. Minimum group size is 10 people and the maximum is 20 people.

Cottage & Locomotive Tour
The 1890s miner’s cottage and steam locomotive are some of Nanaimo’s hidden gems. The tour takes 45 minutes (includes walking time to and from the cottage, cottage and locomotive). The cost is $10/person.  Minimum group size is 10 people and the maximum is 15 people.

All tours must be booked in advance. For more details, please contact Stephanie Kveton at (250) 753-1821 or

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Also check out the Coming Events page for exhibit openings, speaker presentations on a wide variety of topics and workshops.