Home School & ESL Programs

Did you know home learner groups and educators can book virtual and in-person field trips?

Check out our menu of programs on the main school program page! 

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In-Person Field Trips:

Join us in the gallery as we explore Nanaimo’s past with a variety of programs, suitable for learners aged 5-18!

Individual learners can register for home- and distance-learner-specific program sessions, scheduled throughout the year.

December 6, 2022- Yesteryear Christmas Home School and Distance Learners (Age 5-7)

Join other local homeschoolers and distance learners in this special in-person session of Yesteryear Christmas.

Journey back through time and experience Christmas a hundred years ago. Students will explore toys and games of yesteryear, learn different winter traditions and celebrations, and listen to a Christmas story. Due to ongoing construction, students will see how a typical mining family lived and celebrated the season with a virtual Miner’s Cottage tour, supported by interactive artifacts. Students will make a seasonal craft item to take home and will also enjoy festive goodies to eat.

This is a 90-minute, in-person program that takes place at Nanaimo Museum. Cost is $8 per learner.

Preregistration is required – sign up HERE before space runs out!


Virtual Field Trips: 

Invite the museum to your learning space, virtually – live or pre-recorded! 


Feature Exhibit Programs (Limited Time)!

More details to come about 2023 feature exhibits.

For more information, or to book a program, please contact Steph Kveton using the contact form below, or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca



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. A minimum of 10 guests is required to book.

Masks are recommended for all guests, as the Museum is a public space and tourist attraction.  Hand hygiene will be maintained by guests and staff members throughout your visit. 

Public Health Orders are changing frequently. Requirements and availability of in-person school visits are subject to change. We will be in touch to update you as needed. 

To inquire about booking an ESL guided tour please fill out the form below or email program@nanaimomuseum.ca.

Booking Details

Make a Booking Inquiry!

Contact forms will be responded to within 2 business days. Please call 250-753-1821 to speak with the front desk.

  • Unless otherwise noted, programs are in-person, at the museum. In-person field trip availability is subject to Public Health Order changes.