(Royal BC Museum)

The BC government is looking for ideas on how best to modernize the Royal BC Museum.

The plan is to renovate the museum, which first opened in 1967. Seismic upgrades are needed for the building to mach current safety standards, and the museum’s collections of specimens, artifacts, and cultural treasures has outgrown available space.

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To this end, the provincial government is hosting community meetings and an online forum to gather the public’s feedback.

They hope to hear what people expect a modernized museum to be like, as well as how the museum could most effectively tell BC’s stories, and how the museum can collaborate most productively with communities across the province.

Three meetings have been slated for southern Vancouver Island – one in Duncan and two in Victoria – and will feature a welcome from a local Indigenous Elder and a provincial government representative, followed by a group discussion.

Dates and times

Meeting 1 – Duncan, BC

  • When: Thursday, June 13th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: Vancouver Island University Cowichan campus, lecture theatre, 2011 Duncan Way

Meeting 2 – Victoria, BC

  • When: Thursday, June 13th, 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
    Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.
  • Where: Royal BC Museum, Clifford Carl Hall, 675 Belleville St

Meeting 3 – Victoria, BC

  • When: Saturday, June 15th, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Registration begins at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Ambrosia Conference and Event Centre, Burnaby and Powell rooms, 638 Fisgard St

Those who will not be able to attend these meetings are encouraged to provide their input online at www.engage.gov.bc.ca/museummodernization/.

The online forum consultation will run until June 27th, 2019.

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