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“Do not miss!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo Museum
Ranked #7 of 73 things to do in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Nanaimo Museum: Discover Nanaimo’s fascinating history in our new museum located in the VI Conference Centre. The main gallery offers a sense of what life was like for Nanaimo's earliest settlers and the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Our award winning replica coal mine is a special treat. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company post built in 1853. Don’t miss the gift shop!Museum Hours: 10am - 5pm Monday to SaturdaySummer Hours: Open Daily 10am - 5pm
Tigard, Oregon
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Do not miss!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

While there are many wonderful museums on Vancouver Island, this one is not to be missed. The interactive exhibits throughout the museum are so engaging and educational The coal mine exhibit does a masterful job of depicting the all important role that coal mining played in the region and multiple facets of the industry, from equipment, safety and cultural issues. The detailed exhibit of the Canadian Arctic expedition in the early part of the 20th century was a true highlight, extremely well done and educational. People of all ages will find this museum a pleasure to visit, and all will leave a little wiser.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Jeanette S
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debbieNanaimo, General Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Thanks so much for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and took the time to talk about your experience on Trip Advisor-thanks again!
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Nanaimo, Canada
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great to take grandchildren on a not so good day outside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Great Value and entertaining for kids as well as adults. Younger children are frightened of the mine but age 6 and up were good. The back pack and the list of things to answer are a great way to engage kids.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank weavingheather
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Detroit, Michigan
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66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Worthwhile if you're new to the area.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

This museum boasts a variety of displays showing various aspects of the area. We visited an interactive exhibit on some of the Canadian polar expeditions that children would enjoy. A recreation of a coal mine hall lets you imagine that time. We looked at a small exhibit on the timber industry and one of the docents provided a lot of interesting background as he had worked for a timber company for 28 years. An exhibit on First Nation people was informative. And a high cushioned stool shaped like a Nanaimo bar, description of bathtub races, and an old schoolroom were amusing. The gift shop is very open and easy to browse with a range of prices and variety of items.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank das007ta
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Berlin, Germany
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a one hour visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

It`s only 5 $ and you get all the history of Nanaimo and suroundings. Spent an hour there and didn`t regret it. The have also changing exhebitions.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Karoline B
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Nanaimo, B.C.
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Visit old Nanaimo at the Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2013

Small newish museum, lovely gift shop too, great for presents for that hard to buy for friend. Currently has a Art Deco fashion exhibit.
History of coal mining exhibit also, some native indian material well displayed. Wheel chair accessible. Often have historically oriented informative lecture sessions.

Visited June 2013
Thank TheCanuckz
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