SS Valencia boards
(photo by Victoria Buzz)

The Maritime Museum of B.C. says they will be moving into an interim home near the Victoria Conference Centre.

While the museum continues to seek out a new, permanent home, they say that the museum will temporarily relocate to a 3,000 square foot space on Douglas Street.

This space, owned by the City of Victoria, will accommodate the museum’s exhibits, programming, events, research and administration.

“This is a game-changer for the Maritime Museum, enabling us to stay downtown on Lekwungen territory,” said Jamie Webb, President of the Maritime Museum.

“The enthusiastic support of Mayor Helps, Council and City staff equips the Museum with an ideal interim space while we continue to explore options for a permanent waterfront location.”

New signage will be added to the temporary home by the Victoria Conference Centre to help increase visibility for the museum.

The move is set to happen in just under two weeks, with the museum’s final day at its current Nootka Court location on July 17. They will reopen in the interim space in August.

The museum’s current feature exhibition, “The SS Valencia, a Theatre of Horror” will run until closing and will reopen in the new location. More information on the new location’s reopening plan and hours will be announced in the coming weeks.

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