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Community Engagement: Help Plan The Royal BC Museum’s Future

burnaby-museumThe Royal BC Museum is embarking on a journey of change and wants British Columbians to be part of its future. Today, Tuesday, June 25 will mark the second in a series of Community Consultation events to be held across the province giving British Columbians an opportunity to have a say in their 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 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 7 million objects and specimens, 10 kilometers of archives and 5 million photographs.

Keeping the 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 The age of the building, outdated systems and technology, and below-sea- level storage threaten the safety of the materials stored and displayed on site.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 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 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 this consultation and subsequent meetings and sessions throughout the province will inform plans for the revitalized Royal BC Museum.

EVENT: Royal BC Museum Vancouver Community Consultation LOCATION: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia
DATE: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
TIME: 11:00am-3:00pm

For more information about the Royal BC Museum, visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

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