Galleries & Museums

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Galleries & Museums


Art galleries have thrived in the region for decades, with local arts centres and a high quality of life drawing artists and artisans worldwide.

In 1991, Nelson was named the "Number One Small Arts Town in Canada". A major museum, Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, is housed in a 1902 stone heritage building downtown.

Nearby Kaslo maintains the Langham Cultural Centre, recently honoured as one of British Columbia’s Best Buildings.

And for those who love crafts, the region has many local art and craft stores and offerings. As one example, the Balfour area, located between Nelson and Kaslo, is full of artisan workshops. Look for the distinct "A" marking when driving from either direction.


Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History

Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History

We run a sustainable museum, archives, art gallery and historical society that actively promotes, through exhibitions and programming.


Langham Cultural Centre


Over the past 4 decades, the Langham Cultural Society has provided gallery shows, theatre, concerts, films and performances, poetry and prose readings, and workshops.  

Oxygen Arts Centre

Oxygen Arts Centre

We provide space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines. 

Craft Connection

Craft Connection

There are so many unique creations made by the hands of Kootenay artists, and we try to exhibit as many as possible. 

Artwalk Nelson


Nelson and District Arts Council presents the Annual ArtWalk event! A truly Nelson family summer activity.

Lardeau Valley Museum

The Lardeau Valley Museum and info centre

Operated by the Lardeau Valley Historical Society, a variety of local historic artifacts are featured which highlight a rich history of mining, logging, agriculture, homesteading, and Aboriginal history of the region.



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