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Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History

Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History has reopened as of June 4, 2020. We are committed to reopening with the utmost adherence to health and safety regulations as outlined by the Province of BC and Work Safe BC. In addition, we have taken guidance from museum associations across Canada, and cultural umbrella organizations across Canada and internationally. The health and safety of our staff, volunteer team, and the general public is paramount. View our safety protocols here.

New hours:  Thursday 12-8pm | Friday – Sunday, 12-4pm

The first hour of each day is reserved for the immunocompromised

The Archives is open by appointment only, Thursday-Saturday, 12-4pm. To book an appointment, please contact:



PAUL WALDE | Tom Thomson Centennial Swim

March 7 – September 20 (Gallery A)
Opening Event: Friday, March 6 (7-9pm)


Touchstones 2020 Member’s Show & Sale

February 22 – September 6 (Gallery B)
Opening Event: Friday, February 21 (7-9pm)



we are searching for our next artist to be a part of our mural residency project. Submission deadline is September 1, 2020 – don’t delay!

virtual agm

Register for the 2020 Touchstones Nelson Museum Annual General Meeting – held via zoom on tuesday, august 18 at 6 pm. email to register.

en plein air challenge

We invite you to spend some time painting, drawing and/or creating En Plein Air.

Share images of your creative process and/or finished work and be entered to win a $50 gift certificate!

Red ribbon round it

visit the museum exhibition on the 2nd floor to see the interventionist exhibition curated by indigenous educator lesley garlow. runs through july 5, 2020

National indigenous peoples day

through Museum Exhibition tours and a virtual speaker series, we are discussing Indigenous history regionally and in Canada that has been systemically overlooked and misrepresented.


Creating a time capsule is a great way to discuss and reflect on the recent months – for your children, your students or yourself.

GU XIONG: BOOK Launch unboxing event

watch artist gu xiong unbox the first issue of ‘the unknown remains’ publication, based on his exhibition at the museum last summer.

underwater dioramas

join public programs coordinator stephanie myers as she guides you through an instructional series on making your own underwater diorama


VISION: An inclusive society inspired by the convergence of art and history.

MISSION: To be a cultural hub that provides integrative art and regional history programs to encourage new perspectives and foster a collaborative community.



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