Royal BC Museum consults with public around B.C.

'Bigger thinking, better design, bolder ambitions' will inspire plans for a new Royal BC Museum.

The Royal BC Museum is embarking on a journey of change and wants British Columbians to be part of its future.

Consultation events started in Victoria and continuing throughout July at multiple locations throughout the province giving British Columbians an opportunity to have a say in their Royal BC Museum’s exciting future.

For more than 125 years, the Royal BC Museum has looked to preserve, explain and celebrate BC’s heritage. Located in the province’s stunning capital, the Royal BC Museum’s striking mix of natural history and social history enables it to tell the widest possible range of stories: of land and people, of place and movement. It receives more than 350,000 visits each year, showcasing an extensive collection that includes seven million objects and specimens, 10 kilometres of BC Archives and five million photographs.

Keeping the Royal BC Museum’s collections safe and preserving its artifacts for future generations is of paramount importance. The age of the building, outdated systems and technology, and below-sea-level storage threaten the safety of the materials stored and displayed on site. The Royal BC Museum needs a purpose-built, seismically sound building where generations of British Columbians, Canadians and visitors can learn about their heritage. The vision for a new Royal BC Museum will include improving the entrance experience for visitors, refreshing and enhancing the exhibition space, and safeguarding its archives and collections.

The Royal BC Museum welcomes people across British Columbia to learn about its history, the wealth of its collections and archives, and plans for its future. Feedback received at the consultations and subsequent meetings and sessions throughout the province will inform plans for the revitalized Royal BC Museum.

Community consultation events have already been held in Victoria and Vancouver. Here are the remaining scheduled events:

• July 5 – Prince George – 2pm to 4pm – The Exploration Place 333 Becott Place

• July 6 – Kamloops – 4pm to 6pm – The Interior Savings Centre 300 Lorne Street

• July 7 – Kelowna – 4pm to 6pm – Okanagan Heritage Museum 1304 Ellis Street

• July 8 – Fort Langley – 6pm to 8pm – The Theatre at Fort Langley 23422 Mavis Avenue

• July 10 – Richmond – 6pm to 8pm – Richmond Cultural Centre 7700 Minoru Gate

British Columbians can also have their say online at www.royalbcmuseum.

 

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