|Location:||Nanaimo Bastion, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island.|
Summer daily 10-17.
Winder Tue-Sat 10-17.
Adults CAD 2, Students CAD 1.75, Seniors CAD 1.75, Children (5-12) CAD 0.75, Children (0-4) free.
|Address:||Nanaimo District Museum, 100 Museum Way, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J8, Tel: +1-250-753-1821, Fax: +1-,|
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The Nanaimo Museum is actually a local history museum, but with a huge collection concerning the coal mining history of the area.
Nanaimo District Museum is also offering the Coal Mine Sites Bus Tour. This three-hour excursion goes from Departure Bay to Mt. Benson, then to Cranberry, Extension and Morden mines. It takes place several times a year and costs $25 for members, $30 for non-members.
Another special thing are the Miner's Cottage and the Locomotive Shelter. They are open only on Wednesdays in August, from 11 to 14. The Miner's Cottage is located on the museum grounds. It was built in the 1890s by Frederick Rowbottom on Farquhar Street, Frederick Rowbottom was a miner and then became a stone mason, he built this and various other houses to rent out to local miners. It is a typical mining and working class dwelling from the late 19th century up to the mid 20th century. Today it has four rooms, but originally it had only two rooms, a living area and a bedroom. The kitchen and back room were later added. On less than 37m² up to two families with eight members lived. During the first 80 years various people lived in this house and owned it, now it is designated a municipal heritage site. The last owners, the Suttons, donated the house to the Nanaimo Historical Society in 1977. It was removed to its current location where it is used and protected since 1980.