If you like boats, Maffeo Sutton Park offers I was sceptical but this small museum was well-curated and charming. This stop is a must while in Nanaimo for an overview of the city’s history (including a walk-through model of a coal mine) and a rotating exhibit. While we visited, the featured exhibit was on refugees, which was very well done. Local volunteers such as Les, will happily share knowledge and stories about Nanaimo to enrich your visit.
I titled this review a little gem because although ‘little’ the museum is an absolute gem. It is very interesting with friendly and knowledgeable staff and the exhibits are well presented and explained. A great place to take the teens, they might get inspired by the bathtub races! And the mine exhibit was a gem within the gem. Well worth the visit, very affordable and a relaxing experience.
This museum was an unexpected find, tucked in the convention center. The museum gives an overview of Nanaimo. There are a lot of old photos along with what the city looks loke now. The museum gives the history of the coal industry that was mined in the area then how the forests industry have grown this city.
We weren’t sure what to expect when we heard about the Nanaimo museum, but it was perfect for us! We simply wanted to learn a bit of Nanaimo history and the development of the area, industries, etc. The volunteer(?) who greeted us when we entered the gallery was great at answering all of our questions and making sure we knew what the museum had for us to look at and read about. While an hour may not seem like a lot of time to spend in a museum, it was perfect for this place, for us, and for the very low cost of entry.
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