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

2020 Members Show and Sale Opening Reception

Collaboration exhibition until 27.05.2020

The Members Show gives the Museum the opportunity to reciprocate members’ support, and take a visual measure of what our community is creating. The last Members Show held in 2017 was a beautiful and...

Tom Thomson: Centennial Swim

Temporary exhibition from 07.03.2020

On July 8, 1917, Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson’s life met a tragic end when he drowned in Canoe Lake, a popular access point to the waterways in Algonqiun Park, Ontario. One hundred years...

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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