[BCMA] Province stops museum plan, will consult public on museum’s future

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The Province is halting plans announced last month to rebuild the Royal
British Columbia Museum.

The museum will remain open to visitors. The Royal BC Museum will now lead
a broad public engagement to consider all options for the future of the

“I always try to act in the best interests of British Columbians,” said
Premier John Horgan. “That involves listening. That also means taking
responsibility when you make the wrong call. Over the past few weeks, we
listened to British Columbians who have made it clear they want the Royal
BC Museum to remain open while we rethink our long-term plans to protect
its priceless artifacts. That is exactly what we are going to do.”

Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, said: “Museum
leadership will undertake a broad public engagement to determine our next
steps. At the end of the day, this museum belongs to the people of British
Columbia, and their voices will determine its future.”

Public engagement will seek input on what British Columbians want to see in
a modernized museum experience. It will also address structural and safety
issues identified with the current buildings. The structure, timeline and
scope of the public engagement will be determined by the museum board with
a view to connecting with the broadest possible range of British
Columbians, including First Nations, business groups, members of the public
and other stakeholders.

Construction of a new Collections and Research Building in Colwood will
continue. Once it is complete, museum artifacts will be safely relocated

Source: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022PREM0042-000989
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