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“Interesting”
Review of Nanaimo Museum

Nanaimo Museum
Ranked #8 of 80 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
Vancouver, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Small fee, informative, suited more for younger kids or historical buffs lol the replica of mine was kool

Visited March 2014
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debbieNanaimo, Public Relations Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Hi Sim1122,

Thanks for taking the time to review us. The coal mine is definitely a favourite around here! Let us know how we could improve your experience - what would make it appeal more to people of your age-group & interest level?

We'd love for your to come back to check out the three or four different feature exhibits we have each year - lots of variety!

Cheers,
Becka MacDonald
Communications Coordinator
info@nanaimomuseum.ca
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Delta, Canada
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72 reviews
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“A Museum Gem”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

For the small fee of $2.00, we enjoyed our visit to this beautiful, informative little museum. It provides a visually appealing history of Nanaimo & is well worth a visit. Children will love it! And don't miss the gift shop filled with lovely local items.

Visited April 2014
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debbieNanaimo, Public Relations Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Hello Munchy1,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope you will come back often as we have three or four new feature exhibits each year. We would love the opportunity to make this a 5 star experience for you!

Cheers,
The Nanaimo Museum Team
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Nanaimo, Canada
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31 reviews
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“Fun to take the grandchildren.”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Displays are well done. Rates for membership very reasonable. Grandchildren love the mine replica and I let them listen to one the taped stories of the coal miners each time I go.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Marilyn M
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debbieNanaimo, Public Relations Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Hi Marilyn,

Thank you for your review - we always love hearing about who is visiting the museum and what their favourite exhibits are. We do like to keep memberships and admission rates as low as possible, so that people like you can experience history and share it with their families. Plus you get a discount in the gift shop with your membership! On our end, memberships show community support which is beneficial to us in so many ways.

Thanks for visiting, and we'll see you again soon!
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Lantzville, Canada
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“A Cool Little Surprise”
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Recently visited the Nanaimo Museum over Christmas and had a pleasant surprise. Very nicely done displays and a very cool coal mine tunnel simulation and history of mining and logging in the area. Entrance was by donation and an adjacent Serious Coffee shop made for a special time to de-brief on favorite displays over some nice treats , great espresso and lovely herbal teas. This new location in the conference center is easily accessed and good adjacent parking. You can also step out the doors and onto the shops on Commercial Street or a short walk to the harbor promenade. Nicely done and good fun.

Visited December 2013
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debbieNanaimo, Public Relations Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the Nanaimo Museum. We are glad you had a good time - the coal mine is definitely a favourite with our visitors! Please let us know if you have any suggestions that would make your next visit a four or five star experience! See you next time.
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Nanaimo, Canada
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“History of a Small Town”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

This museum tells the history of Nanaimo and does it so well. Everyone loves the award-winning coal mine display. Several times a year special exhibits are featured and keep the interest level of locals high

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Samantha D
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debbieNanaimo, Public Relations Manager at Nanaimo Museum, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Hi Samantha,

Thank you for taking the time to review us, and especially for the 5 stars! We are very glad you enjoyed your visit.

We've recently opened our newest feature exhibit Canada: Day 1 (a travelling exhibit form the Canadian Museum of Immigration @ Pier 21). We also unveiled our last permanent exhibit space, which tells the story of Nanaimo's Chinatowns, retail development and Heritage Homes.

Hope to see you soon!

Cheers,
The Nanaimo Museum Team
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