A new entrance and reception building
To improve the initial impressions and the entrance threshold for every visitor to the museum; a key marker to signal the intent of the phased strategy to transform the visitor experience. A welcoming point of entry, payment and reception. A new cafe above the entrance that visually connects to the harbour and the wider setting—a destination. Reflection and meeting space; a living room for Victoria.
A new foyer and orientation space; re-working the circulation
Re-connection of all buildings through an improved circulation strategy so that the movement through the museum is not only logical and legible but improves the narrative of the exhibitions. Improvements to the existing Clifford Carl Hall will complete the ground floor renovation. The premise will be to use circulation as part of the exhibition to strengthen the BC story.
To redevelop a highly visible corner of the Museum, consolidating the shop and making better use of the building’s volume to offer a more coherent retail experience in a place of quality that supports the Royal BC Museum brand and character.
A permanent location for the work of Emily Carr
To display currently hidden and important works of art. A permanent space that explains Emily Carr’s story, her connection to Victoria and her artistic chronicling of British Columbia and First Nations peoples.
Relocating the temporary exhibition space at ground floor
To provide an exhibition destination on the ground floor that is more accessible and serviceable. This will free up space at the second floor for a permanent exhibition of more of the collection.
An enhanced public realm
To ground the Museum within a landscape that is a destination in its own right by extending the impact of Thunderbird Park, creating a place of amenity that is extended and connected to the building in a way that extends the exhibition and collection, while resolving issues of level access and removing the clutter of bins, benches and signage to create an elegant landscape setting.
Completing the BC story—making more of the collection visible to the public
To display the depth of the museum”s collection, a new permanent exhibition in which natural history (paleontology, biology, botany, entomology, birds and mammals) is to be consolidated into a new collection that is visible and part of the Museum experience—“completing” the BC story.
New collections, archive and research centre
A state of the art facility to protect the collection for further generations, to allow greater access to the collection and archive for research and to make visible the processes of conservation and curatorship. A ‘special project’ to extend the centennial building and reconnect the collection with the exhibition.
Re-purposing the Fannin tower
Refurbish and redevelop Fannin Tower for further office space. Use the tower for uses more suited to its footprint. Address the issues of MEP, seismic and facade upgrades to create new space for the administration of the museum which will also allow the space to be leased for compatible third party use.
A new conference building and landscape
A new conference facility that will create a new revenue stream, promote the work of the museum and be a venue for a multitude of different events, and which provides an external focal point for visitors through a reworked entrance landscape that offers an event space and new amenity at the key corner of the site.