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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