Located in downtown Nanaimo in the Vancouver Island Convention Centre, the Nanaimo Museum is an interesting place to stop by, with well-curated exhibits, and friendly staff that ensure that your experience is well worth your time.

While visiting the other day, I explored the fascinating exhibits, and particularly enjoyed the realistic replica coal mine. The excellent First Nations exhibit features the local Snuneymuxw Peoples’ culture, and a look at daily life in a traditional longhouse. Objects like baskets and drawers full of arrowheads kept me fascinated for some time. It was also fun for me to have a look at some of the city’s famous athletes over the ages. Local stars from a variety of sports going way back have called the “Harbour City” home.

The Nanaimo Museum is entirely wheelchair accessible, including the washrooms, with lots of room to comfortably move about. The gift shop, always a highlight for me, did not disappoint with unique gift items to purchase crafted by local artisans, as well as jewellery, decor, books and keepsakes. The gift shop is located in the lobby of the Nanaimo Museum. There is on-street pay parking, as well accessible parking in the nearby parkade on Gordon Street with an elevator into the conference centre.