The Nelson Museum, Archives & Gallery is located in beautiful, historic Nelson, British Columbia in the BC Interior. Since 1955, the Nelson Museum has served as a cultural and educational hub, an award-winning art gallery, and caretakers of the region’s rich history.


The Nelson Museum is open to the public year-round.

10 am – 4 pm*

*Thursdays open late: FREE admission 4-8 pm.

The Shawn Lamb Archives are open Thursday-Saturday 12pm-4pm. Contact the Archivist to make an appointment.

The Cold War Bunker
Open Saturdays 12pm-4pm
Guided tours Saturdays @ 11 am


The galleries, archives, museum and gift shop at NMAG have been welcoming locals and visitors alike from this location since 2006. For more information on where to go, eat, and stay visit Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.

The NMAG Shop

The Shop is home to work from over 120 local artists and artisans, where you can find a special, one-of-a-kind gift for the whole family.


The Nelson Museum is committed to meaningful partnerships with the Nations of this unceded territory.

Social Justice

Art is political. The NMAG galleries are spaces for exploring critical dialogue and asking questions.


The Nelson Museum is a safe space for everybody to explore and enjoy.


Museums and archives are tied to a history of colonial and discriminatory methodologies that overlook the voices of many people. The Nelson Museum, Archives & Gallery is joining the global movement to recognize, respond to, and create space for, the voices that are missing from our region’s story. Our team is critically examining our policies, collections, exhibitions, and programs to ensure that everyone feels welcomed, safe, and included.


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