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.