Touchstones Nelson - Museum of Art and History

Visitors to the permanent exhibitions will experience the geographical challenges, enchanting beauty and human resourcefulness of this place. Visual and interactive modules present the compelling stories of this area including:

  • First People, First Culture, First Land : an introduction to the Sinixt and Ktunaxa nations, culture and perspectives
  • European Exploration and the Challenges of Trade and Travel Routes: drawn to the area first by fur and then by gold, early explorers faced unforgiving terrain and challenging travel routes
  • Way Down in the Mines: the beginnings of Nelson’s economic history
  • Transportation: from sturgeon nose canoes to steam driven paddle wheelers – the transportation module focuses on the history of Nelson’s rails and waterways
  • Powerful Water: how the water in our backyard provided one of the first hydroelectric power plants in the province.
  • The Queen City : from John Houston to Taffy Jack this module offers an eclectic and enjoyable overview of Nelson’s colourful human history
  • The Culture in Our Midst, Nelson Today: visitors will learn why we thrive, are still here and are becoming a place of refuge.

Exhibitions and events

Turning Pages: Celebrating 100 Years of the Nelson Public Library

Guest exhibition until 22.11.2020

In the 100 years since the founding of the Nelson Public Library much has changed—and will continue to change as we enter an increasingly digital era while, as a society, needing more than ever to...

Meryl McMaster: As Immense as the Sky

Temporary exhibition until 28.02.2021

A single subject, dressed in ornate costumes or wielding intricate, handmade props, stands alone in a vast, empty landscape. It feels dreamlike, otherworldly, magical. From the shores of...

Educational programs

School Program


We offer fun and educational programs that work with the provincial curriculum to make history and art come to life for your class! “Touchstones [Nelson] has a beautiful exhibit and as teachers we...


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