Maritime Museum moving to new temporary space in downtown Victoria

Maritime Museum moving to new temporary space in downtown Victoria
The museum will be moved next to the Victoria Conference Centre.

The Maritime Museum of BC will be moving to a new, larger location temporarily in August while it waits for a permanent centre.

The museum will be moving into a 3,000-square-foot building on Douglas Street next to the Victoria Conference Centre, according to a press release from the City of Victoria Tuesday.

Executive Director, Brittany Vis, says the relocation from the museum’s current building on Nootka Court will allow for more opportunities to serve the community.

“Expanded gallery space will provide the opportunity for new community-based exhibits,” said Vis. “There will also be flex space we can use to offer more programming.”

Vis suggests that more information about the new programming will be shared in the coming months.

Keeping the museum downtown will be important in sharing a part of provincial history, said Victoria mayor Lisa Helps in the release.

“The Maritime Museum of BC is a vital institution that tells the important and complex story of our province’s maritime history. The Board’s decision to stay in the city centre is one more vote of confidence in our downtown economy,” Helps said in the release.

The Maritime Museum will be open at its current location until July 17 and will reopen at its new location in August. The City says they will be searching for a permanent, waterfront location in the meantime.

More information about re-opening will be announced in the coming weeks.

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