Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
The new-look Nanaimo Museum captures the city's history with archival images, colorful memorabilia and state-of-the-art displays.
Revitalized and relocated, the museum moved downtown in the summer of 2008 to a $7.4 million ground-floor quadrant of the newly minted Vancouver Island Conference Centre. It's easy to find on Commercial Street at Museum Way.
Nanaimo Museum and History
Spend an hour at the Nanaimo Museum and learn much about this watery, resource-rich part of the world – First Nations, Victorian-era, 20th century and contemporary accounts included. Displays are dedicated to the Snunéymuxw, the region's original inhabitants, as well as the arrival of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1852 and the subsequent development of the coal, marine and lumber industries. One interesting factoid: Nanaimo was once known as Herring Town because it exported a million pounds of fish to Asia annually prior to the industry's collapse in the 1940s.
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Commercial Street & Diana Krall Plaza
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Discover our fascinating history & modern day contributions to Canada's West Coast in our 1,486 sq m (16,000 sq ft) museum located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Stroll through time in our main gallery to get a sense of what life was like for Nanaimo's earliest settlers & hear stories of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. Feel what it was like below the surface in our new replica Coal Mine exhibit. The museum also manages the Bastion, an original Hudson's Bay Company outpost built in 1853. Don't miss the cannon firing at noon daily in the summer.