The new temporary home of the Maritime Museum of BC will be at 744 Douglas St. in Victoria. (Google Street View)
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia is moving to a new interim home beside the Victoria Conference Centre, while the museum continues its drive to secure a permanent home on the water in downtown Victoria.
On the Labour Day weekend, the museum will open in a 3,000-square-foot city-owned store frontage at 744 Douglas St. that will include public gallery space for exhibits, programming, events, research and administration.
“This is a game-changer for the Maritime Museum, enabling us to stay downtown on Lekwungen territory,” said museum president Jamie Webb. “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.”
The city is also supporting the museum with enhanced signage and wayfinding in the downtown area to make sure the new temporary home is well visible and accessible to the public.
“The Maritime Museum of BC is a vital institution that tells the important and complex story of our province’s maritime history,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “The board’s decision to stay in the city centre is one more vote of confidence in our downtown economy. We are excited about the new possibilities the museum can bring to our growing downtown cultural precinct that offers a world-class selection of museums, art galleries and cultural experiences.”
“Relocating to a larger space beside the Victoria Conference Centre will allow us to rethink how we serve the community,” said Maritime Museum executive director Brittany Vis.
Expanded gallery space will provide the opportunity for new community-based exhibits. There will also be flex space we can use to offer more programming. We look forward to sharing more information on these new initiatives in the coming months.”
The museum has been leasing space at 634 Humboldt in downtown Victoria since it was forced to leave its previous home in Bastion Square in 2015.
Another re-opening is closely related. The museum’s All Things Marine Thrift Store reopens as Tradewinds Boaters Exchange at its famiilar charming location within Canoe Cove Marina in North Saanich. The direct number for the store is 778-351-0011.