Maritime Museum of B.C. eyes big move

Museum signs lease deal to occupy Steamship Terminal

After 49 years at Bastion Square, the Maritime Museum of B.C. in on the move, closer to the Inner Harbour.

A six month option-to-lease has been signed for the causeway level of the Steamship Terminal, with Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to have a six-month option in place, with the aim of signing a long term lease for the Steamship Terminal,” said  Jon Irwin, the museum’s executive director.

“We could not ask for a more fitting home than the historic Steamship Terminal.”

To prepare, the maritime museum is closing to the public at Bastion Square on Oct. 21, with a planned reopening next year.

“During the transition, the maritime museum will look for temporary opportunities with other public institutions to showcase a few of our 35,000 artifacts while we undertake a complex move, and we welcome proposals in this regard,” said John West, chair of the museum.

The museum will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through to Oct. 21 so people can get a look at the current exhibits on display. Tours will also be running those nights with either Victoria Vice Tours or Ghost Tours being offered.

 

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