School Programs at Touchstones Nelson

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 feel so lucky to have this rich resource in our community!”
- Lauren Smith and Tamara Martin, LVR

Book a tour or school visit:
For current fees or to book a tour please call 250 352 9813 or email us at


There are many ways to experience Touchstones Nelson

Docent-led Museum Tours

Our permanent museum features exhibits on First Nations, Early Explorers, Mining, Transportation, Hydropower, The Queen City and Culture. To get the most out of your visit we recommend that you book a tour with one of our trained docents. Docent-led tours are available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Local History Tour (Grades 4 to 7):
A great option for a first visit to Touchstones Nelson. Students will explore the museum's diverse collection, listen to engaging stories and interpret artifacts. This docent-led tour features history booklets to work on in the museum and back at the classroom.

Scavenger Hunt Tour (Grades K to 3):
Our local history tour adapted for younger students, featuring a scavenger hunt in the museum!

First People, First Culture, First Land
(Grades K to 12):

On this tour students will explore the First Peoples exhibit to learn more about the First Nations of this region and their way of life before and after European contact.

Way Down in the Mines:
Dig into the past with this tour dedicated to our region's colourful mining history! Students will learn about Nelson's unique geology and hear fascinating stories set in the area's most significant historic mines.

Powerful Water:
Students will learn about Hydro power and how its development has shaped the region. A short educational video is included.


A few students get a closer look at an interactive installation by artist Max Liboiron.
Our docent Harry with the Queen City display.

Get hands on!

Artifact Handling Session:
Students get their hands on history in this fun, interactive and educational exercise. Using their senses and critical thinking, students will work together to interpret a piece of local history and experience what it's like to work in a museum. This docent-led activity takes place in the archives and can be tailored to compliment your tour focus. Available on Wednesdays only.

Gretchen displays an artifact from our handling collection.


Gallery Tours

Image: Students share their thoughts on a photomontage by artist Jan Kabatoff.

Touchstones Nelson features two galleries displaying art and/or history exhibits that change every 9 -11 weeks. Please visit our exhibitions page to view current and upcoming exhibits. Contact us to ask about current exhibition programming including docent-led tours.



Archives Tours

Touchstones Nelson is proud to house the Shawn Lamb Archives. With the aid of our trained docents, students will explore the archives holdings including newspapers, maps and photographs and learn about the preservation of Nelson’s collective memory. Available on Wednesdays only.


Shawn Lamb shows off the Archives’ unique holdings.


Self Guided Tours

Come and explore our permanent museum exhibition and our gallery spaces at your own pace.

Students enjoy interactive displays in the museum.


More Information:

  • To book a tour or school visit call 250.352.9813 or email us at
  • For more information on curriculum ties please email us at
  • Docent-led tours of Touchstones Nelson usually take 45 minutes to an hour depending on your chosen activity and other factors.
  • To get the most out of your visit, docent-led tours must be booked two weeks in advance. This gives you time to speak with our programming coordinator on preparing for your visit. Self guided visits should be booked one week in advance to prevent double bookings.
  • While we prefer class size to be no more than 25 students we can accommodate larger groups when the tour is booked ahead of time. Touchstones Nelson’s Child Protection Policy requires one chaperone for every 5 to 7 elementary school aged children. There is no charge for chaperones.
  • Contact us for current information on multi-visit package pricing.


Call 250.352.9813 or email us at for more information.



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