5 Ways To Explore Nanaimo’s Biggest Mysteries

By Nanaimo Museum
February 15, 2019 - 1:05pm Updated: February 15, 2019 - 2:07pm

NANAIMO — Murder most foul. Public hangings. A safe-cracking ex-cop. Two sailing waits.

The Harbour City has had its fair share of spooky incidents over the years, some more nefarious than others.

Any long-time Nanaimo resident will recall stories of the log house near Beban Park being haunted, disturbing noises coming from Wellington late at night, or  a Cadborosaurus sea monster from the deep.

No doubt, there are many such mysterious occurrences still left to be discovered…

Here are 5 ways to explore Nanaimo’s Biggest Mysteries.

1. First, lemme take a selfie.

Any good detective knows to photograph the scene of a crime to preserve potential evidence. So remember to start your visit to the museum by posing for a signature selfie at the exhibit’s title wall with chalk outline. Could you be the next victim? Or maybe the prime suspect?

2. Fact or Fiction?

Comb through a variety of evidence and artifacts in front of you.

Is what you’re seeing part of a true historical crime, or just made-up nonsense meant to confuse your senses?

Flip the labels up to discover the truth, but no peeking before you make your guess! You never know who could be watching (ghosts, probably).

3. The Writing’s On The (Ghost) Wall

Do you ever lie awake at night wondering just what exactly is making those creaking noises in your house?

Ever get a strange feeling in the pit of your stomach (no, we don’t mean after a deep-fried Mars bar)?

Ever actually seen a ghost?

Share your story by writing on the ghost wall, and read about other’s experiences around Nanaimo.

4. Someone Telegram the Police!

Take a trip back in time to the 1900s-era Nanaimo Police Office.

Browse old case files tucked away in the police chief’s desk. What mysteries lurk in the pages? What crimes have gone unsolved? Do you even want to know?

5. Just hangin’ out.

Take a trip back to the days of the gallow’s pole and learn about Nanaimo’s last public hanging from historical murder case files dating back 150 years.

It wasn’t always just good times and bathtub races, you know.

Visit the Nanaimo Mysteries Exhibit

So, if you’re feeling brave and adventurous, take a journey into Nanaimo’s spooky past at the Nanaimo Museum. The “Nanaimo Mysteries” Exhibit appears at the Nanaimo Museum from February 16th to September 2nd, 2019.

For more information, check out Nanaimo Museum


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