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Touchstones Nelson

Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History celebrates the creativity, the history, the vibe that is Nelson, Canada’s Best Small Art Town. The Touchstones facility opened to the public in October 2006 after a $3.2 million renovation.

Located in a stunning 1902 heritage building in the heart of the historic downtown district, Nelsons only public museum and archives offers a friendly atmosphere in an exciting state-of-the-art facility.

The history of the area and Nelson in particular comes alive through artifacts, interactive displays, film and audio theatres.

Learn about local First Nations, Early European Exploration, Mining, Transportation and early Nelson town life. Several significant exhibits focus on the development of hydro-electric power in the area.

Two temporary exhibition galleries offer 2000 sq/ft of stimulating, continually changing exhibitions of local and regional art, history, craft and design.

Touchstones is a part of the City Heritage Tour – take this self-guided walking tour and discover why the city is known as the Heritage Capital of British Columbia. Maps available at the Visitor Centre.

A visit to the Touchstones Nelson website informs visitors of whats on view, hours of operation & admission fees.


Ramp is located at the Ward Street entrance, main floor washroom is wheelchair accessible, wheelchair elevator access to gallery space, museum floor and archives.

Contact Information

502 Vernon Street


V1L 4E7


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