Nanaimo Arts & Culture

Discover the stories


We encourage you to explore our beautiful city… rich in stories, cultures and communities. Citizens of Nanaimo benefit from a variety of award-winning exhibits, gallery shows, and diverse programming that enhance cultural quality of life; anchor our community; and enlighten visitors through storytelling.

The Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo Museum, and The Port Theatre Society share the common goals of supporting diverse audiences and fostering relationships with emerging and established artists. Facilitated by these three dynamic and collaborative organizations, discover the exciting opportunities awaiting you within walking distance of each other in the Arts District of downtown Nanaimo.

Located on the traditional territory of the Snunéymuxw First Nation, downtown Nanaimo is known as the gathering place. We are very grateful to honour arts, culture and heritage on this land. Together, we build bridges and connect people through the celebration of arts, culture, and history.