Sports history of Nelson exhibition held in conjunction with Nelson hosting the British Columbia Winter Games in February1988. Touchstones Nelson Collection
Following the Muse: History of the Arts in Nelson, 1991 Touchstones Nelson Collection
Loggers, Mill owners and Communities: Forest History,1995 Touchstones Nelson Collection

Past Exhibitions



Amy Bohigian: Wide Shot/Close Up Touchstones Nelson Members’ Show and Sale



Bringing the War Home: 3D images from the Battlefields of WWI
Zeljko Kujundzic and the Early Years of the Kootenay School of the Arts
Sons of Freedom Doukhobors: Photographs from the Stevens Studio Collection
Courtney Villads Andersen
Good Medicine: Nelson’s Healthcare History
Found: The Art of Re-Use: Shyra De Souza, Mark Mizgala, Nate and Cedric Bomford, Brent Bukowski
Meghan Hildebrand: Restless Fables
David Alexander: The Shape of Place


Susan Andrews Grace: Underwritten
Nelson at War
Abandoning Paradise: The Northern Gateway Project
City in Flames: A Journey Through Nelson’s Fire History
Graham Gilmore: I Love You, In Theory
Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College: Graduation Exhibition
Touchstones Nelson Members’ Show and Sale
Aliens Among Us
Arin Faye- Beyond the Batholith: Writing Women of the Kootenay/Columbia Basin


Klang and Squeal
What I Eat: Around the World in 13 Diets
Landon Mackenzie: Mapping History
Baker Street Then and Now (and the Future of Heritage?)
Deborah Thompson - Tales from the Underworld
Kootenay School of Art at Selkirk College Graduation Show
The History of Radio in Nelson
Forest for the Trees





The White Line: Wood Engraving Prints from the Studio and Collection of Gene Leavitt
Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank
Change: What’s in it for you?
Night or Day: Day Clothes vs. Evening Wear
heartlab presents: Re-surface
Masters of BC Art: Selected works from the collection of Hans Wilking
Nelson Through the Lens: The Historical Photography of J.H. Allen
Upstairs at Wah Lee’s : Portraits from the C.S. Wing Studio
Alf Crossley: Spirit of the Land
Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College Graduation Show
Max Liboiron: Trashscapes and Rubbish Topographies
Jan Kabatoff: Ice Flows and Sound Retreats
Natasha Smith: Joining Worlds
Rachel Yoder: Consanguinuity


In Our Community:
The History of the Nelson & District Credit Union and photographs by Fred Rosenberg
Shelter: How We Live
Angelika Werth - Ladies in Tents
Kristi Malakoff - The Golden Bell
History of Brewing in Nelson
Ian Johnston - Refuse Culture: Archaeology of Consumption
KSA at Selkirk College Year End Grad Show
Selkirk College Digital Arts and New Media Graduation Show
Arthur Lakes: Geologist, Artist, Minister and Teacher
Snow and Ice: A History of Winter Sports in Nelson
Becoming Canadian: A Flag Story





Carol Reynolds : Painting the Town
I Was Here: Architecture and Personal History in Nelson
Brent Bukowski : Flow
Yes! - KSA at Selkirk College Year End Grad Show
SALT: the Distillation of Matter
An exploration into the nature of impermanence
Stanely G. Triggs : Changes Upstream
Kokanee Essential – Kootenay High: A photo-based history of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park
The Art of Doukhobor Textiles
Lou Lynn: Retro-active



Peter Velisek: Malé události : Small events
Tanya Pixie Johnson
John Cooper Retrospective: golden years
Nelson’s Mid-Summer Bonspiel
David Eustace: Project for Calendar Studies: Days, Months, Years Artists in the Collection
Leigh Mayoh: The Grid
Alec Garner: Echoes of the Paddlewheel
Seeds in Disguise: The biology and lore of ornamental seeds
Drawing on Identity: Inkameep Day School Art Collection
Kootenay School of the Arts at Selkirk College
Graduating Class Exhibition: READY



Metamorphosis: Karen Redfern
Freshly Squeezed - Design is Everywhere
Kootenay School of the Arts Exhibition Series
KSA Faculty Exhibition
KSA Grad Exhibition
Seeds in Disguise (A ROM travelling exhibition)
Ursula Heller: Powerhouse
River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia
Haruko Okano - Arboretum Arborescence
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts: 2 Chairs
Florence Debeugny: PRECAUTION
Selected Works from the Irene & Andre Orbeliani Collection



August 17, 2003 museum reopened after 2003 fire with Forward to the Past curated by Byron Johnstad, Nicole Tremblay, Peter Bartl and Jane Merks.


Painting our Past: Two Centuries of Art in Nelson, curated by Shelly Anderson with Debra Bakowsky, Byron Johnstad and many volunteers.

Discovered photography curated by Debra Bakowsky held at Procter’s Storytelling Festival, and at downtown location including new Bert Learmonth model of Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray V.C.’s ship.


Nelson component for Canadian Museum of Rail Travel’s Crowsnest Rail Line Centennial, Katie Livingston, curator, model of C.P.R. Transfer Wharf by Bert Learmonth.


Celebrating the Century, a Nelson Centennial, curated by Shawn Lamb.

Centennial Sample: Nelson Photographers: 1890-1950, curated by Fred Rosenberg at the Nelson Centennial Gallery on Baker street. Deanne Monroe, Director.

100 Artists for 100 Years, a celebration of local and regional artists at Nelson Centennial Gallery, sponsored by the Nelson and District Arts Council and the Nelson Museum.


Loggers, Mill owners and Communities: Forest History (travelling exhibition) curated by Charles Jeanes.


Winging It: History of Aviation in and Around Nelson B.C. curated by Henry Stevenson with Judy Mulloy.


Moccasins to Michelins: History of Roads and Road Transportation curated by Ron Butler and L.X. Forde. Models by Bert Learmonth.


Following the Muse: History of the Arts in Nelson curated by Nicola Harwood and Sandra Hartline.


Women of Nelson: 1880-1950 curated by Brenda Hornby and Yvonne Munro.


Sports history of Nelson curated by Fran Wallis and Barbara Brown held in conjunction with Nelson hosting the British Columbia Winter Games.

Nelson: The Beginnings curated by Shawn Lamb and Karen Rymal in preparation for John Norris’ research on Nelson’s history.


100th Anniversary of the Silver King Mine, curated by Helen Lee.

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