Guided School Programs

This fall 2021, we look forward to welcoming students and teachers back with in-person and virtual field trips!

Check out our menu of programs below and sign up for the Teacher Newsletter email list!


In-Person Field Trips:

Join us in the gallery as we explore Nanaimo’s past with a variety of programs, suitable for grades K-10!

See below for a full listing and details on each program. Don’t forget to check the Coming Soon section for details on new, limited-time programs connected to upcoming feature exhibits.

Masks are required for all students, teachers, and non-student guests aged 5 and up. We strongly recommend masks for guests younger than 5 years, as the Museum is a public and tourist attraction.  Hand hygiene will be maintained by the students, teachers, 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. 

Virtual Field Trips: 

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

Our live virtual program and follow-up Q&A sessions connect your students with a Museum educator via Teams or Zoom.
Pre-recorded programs offer you 1 month access and the flexibility to break up the material to suit your students’ learning style, and mix and match the activities you want to use. These can be combined with the live Q&A for a customizable experience! 


Coming Soon!

Enemy Aliens Feature Exhibit (February 15 – May 23)

Grades 7-10: Enemy Aliens Exhibit program (in-person)

Chief Dan George (June 10 – September 5)

Grades 2-4; 5-7; 8-10 (TBD): Chief Dan George Exhibit program (in-person)

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


 Modules and Add-ons

Educators can add in person or virtual modules or add-ons to an existing program or build their own custom program using modules.

Under Review 2021-2022

Periodically, we review our school programs to ensure they are up to date and that they reflect new understandings and more nuanced perspectives. Nanaimo Museum staff review programs with guidance from Snuneymuxw Elders and Cultural Knowledge Keepers. See below for the school programs currently under review.

Classroom and Resource Kits

Classroom kits are unavailable at this time.

Self-Guided Discovery Programs

Explore the museum with your students during this program, which includes discovery sheets that allow students to match pictures with gallery items to find answers to the questions. Each exhibit area has its own unique discovery sheet. A customizable set of four discovery sheets make up one Discovery Sheets Clipboard

Virtual Programs

VIRTUAL Yesteryear Christmas

Grade K-3
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VIRTUAL Snuneymuxw Traditional Life

Grade 3
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Virtual Miner’s Cottage Tour

Grade K-3
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The Sweet Story of the Nanaimo Bar

Grade 3-10
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In Person Programs

Snuneymuxw Seasons

Grade K-2
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Yesteryear Christmas

Grade K-2
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Grade K-2
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Coal Miner’s Child

Grade 1-2
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Snuneymuxw Traditional Life

Grade 3
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Black Diamonds

Grade 5
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West Coast First Nations Art

Grade 5-7
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The Bastion

Grade K-7
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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.