Home School & ESL Programs

Due to COVID-19 precautions, in-person educational programs and tours at Nanaimo Museum are currently unavailable.

Stay tuned for updates on virtual and/or remote educational programs in the near future! 

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Programs for Home School and ESL groups

Home School

Between September and June the Nanaimo Museum offers programs for home school students that fit with the BC curriculum. These programs include a guided tour of an exhibit in the museum and hands on activities that relate to the topic. The museum offers programs for both home school and distance learning individuals and groups.

To inquire about a program for your home school or distance learning class/group please fill out the form below or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca

For home school or distant learning individuals please check the listings below (if available*) for upcoming home school programs or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca


Yesteryear Christmas is back for 2020 – virtually!  

  • Cost: $8 / household 

Yesteryear Christmas Video (included) 

  • Video Length:  Approximately 20 minutes 

Journey back through time and experience Christmas a hundred years ago. Treat your home learner to a fast-paced, pre-recorded virtual tour of the Miner’s Cottage, before and after it’s decorated for the season! Students will learn how miners’ families lived in Nanaimo, and marvel at a candle-lit Christmas tree, homemade ornaments, and wooden toys waiting for Christmas morning. Inquiry questions and an educator background resource provides the history of the cottage and optional extension activities.  The video will be available to registered households from December 1-18, and can be viewed as many times as desired.  Virtual Yesteryear Christmas meets provincial Social Studies curriculum for grades K-3 

Virtual Yesteryear Christmas for Home Learners and Distance Learners includes access to the Yesteryear Christmas video, the option to pick up a Christmas ornament craft kit from the museum, and the option to participate in a live Fireside Chat with a museum educator over Zoom. 

Register my learner! 

To register, select a date below. This will allow access to the Yesteryear Christmas video from Dec. 1-18, as well as reserve a spot for your learner in the Fireside Chat on that date. Make sure to select craft kits if you would like them.  

Virtual Yesteryear Christmas Fireside Chat for Homeschoolers and Distance Learners on the following dates:  


There are still spaces available in the Virtual Sunéymuxw Traditional Life Homeschooler and Distance Learner Sessions!   

The virtual version of Snunéymuxw Traditional Life connects home learners with a live museum staff member for a 30-minute interactive program that will keep home schoolers engaged and moving while learning about the tools used by the Snunéymuxw First Nation and other Coast Salish cultures to make canoes, longhouses, and blankets.  A combination of pictures, live close-ups of cultural belongings and video tours of the museum’s gallery create a varied and fast-paced virtual program.  Snunéymuxw Traditional Life meets provincial Social Studies curriculum for grade 3. 

30-minute virtual home school program: $8/household 

Virtual Snunéymuxw Traditional Life Homeschool and Distance Learning sessions are on the following dates 

 To book, click on your preferred date and register all learners, observers and facilitating adults.  After registering, you will receive a session link and password for use on the day of the program.  

This program is delivered via the Zoom video conferencing app. Use through your browser window or download the free app HERE 

Stay tuned for more virtual programs this Fall and Winter 2021.  

We are unable to welcome groups and classes into the museum at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions but will update our communication when the restrictions are lifted.


Guided tours of the Nanaimo Museum and the Bastion are available for your ESL class or group. Our tour guides will make history come alive for your students while using easy to understand vocabulary and sentence structure. To inquire about booking an ESL guided tour please fill out the form below or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca

Booking Details

Each program is unique! Contact us for details on your specific program!

Contact forms will be responded to within 2 business days. For immediate service please call 250-753-1821.