Museum

People walk up stairs to the entrance of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced June 22 they are stopping their $789-million plan to rebuild the ageing building, and sending things back to public consultation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Province cancels controversial $789M Royal BC Museum rebuild

Premier says public engagement will now determine the future of the ‘seismically unsafe’ building

 

Qualicum Beach High School class of 1932. Shima Umemoto is sixth from left in front row. (Photo courtesy of Qualicum Beach Museum Archives)

‘Broken Promises’ explores Vancouver Island’s dark chapter of Japanese mistreatment

Qualicum Beach Museum exhibit explores dispossession, internment of Japanese-Canadians during WW2

 

An example of a black-figure panel amphora from the last quarter 6th century B.C. seen in the Dallas Museum of Art. (Wikimedia Commons)

Police say man smashes ancient museum artifacts worth millions in Dallas

A 6th century B.C. Greek amphora and a Greek pot dating to 450 B.C. were among the items destroyed

 

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal B.C. Museum gets $789-million overhaul

Museum to close in September for rebuild, expected opening in 2030

The Royal B.C. Museum will close in September in preparation for a rebuild. BC Archives will remain until 2025 with Imax Victoria staying open through early 2023. (Black Press Media file photo)
President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame needs homes for its artifacts as it faces fall closure

The museum is looking for storage space until a new permanent home is found

President Dave Ferguson of the Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame said the museum will have to leave its current home at the Westshore Motorsports Park in September and is currently searching for space to store its artifacts. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum which closed in 2010, sits with a life-like wax rendition of Queen Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich man says wax museums are an opportunity for big Canadian cities

Former director of downtown Victoria wax museum is selling what remains of his collection

Ken Lane, former director of the Royal London Wax Museum which closed in 2010, sits with a life-like wax rendition of Queen Victoria. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Port Hardy Museum Curator Robin Folvik and Port Hardy Heritage Society President Mary-Ann Smith. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

New curator hired for the Port Hardy Museum

The museum will be reopening to the public on Feb. 1 with COVID-19 protocols in place

Port Hardy Museum Curator Robin Folvik and Port Hardy Heritage Society President Mary-Ann Smith. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria museum puts call out for maritime stories from B.C.’s LGBTQ2S+ community

Queer at Sea exhibit launches at the Maritime Museum in May

Britanny Vis, executive director of the Maritime Museum of BC, is seeking input from queer, trans and two-spirit individuals willing to share their marine stories for use in the upcoming Queer at Sea exhibit. (Black Press Media file photo)
Port Hardy Heritage Society President Mary-Ann Smith stands next to the Remembrance Day exhibit. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Port Hardy Museum opens Remembrance Day exhibit until Nov. 30

‘I hope everybody comes and has a look at it’

Port Hardy Heritage Society President Mary-Ann Smith stands next to the Remembrance Day exhibit. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Museum at Campbell River Curator Beth Boyce is pleased to release ‘Twas the Wreck of Northwestern. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Children’s book chronicles Christmas windfall from Vancouver Island shipwreck

Tale recalls hospitality of the locals/ sneaky salvaging after boat went aground in 1927

Museum at Campbell River Curator Beth Boyce is pleased to release ‘Twas the Wreck of Northwestern. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror
Originally set to be unveiled in 2020, a monument honouring the only B.C. pilot and the last Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross will be unveiled Sunday (Aug. 8) in North Saanich. (Courtesy BC Aviation Museum)

Aviation museum unveils monument to B.C. pilot killed in Second World War

In 1989 the Japanese dedicated a memorial that overlooked the bay where ‘Hammy’ Gray’s remains lie

Originally set to be unveiled in 2020, a monument honouring the only B.C. pilot and the last Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross will be unveiled Sunday (Aug. 8) in North Saanich. (Courtesy BC Aviation Museum)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

VIDEO: B.C. man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Museum exhibit Textiles 3. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

New textiles exhibit opens at Port Hardy Museum

The Port Hardy Museum has a new exhibit on display, a third…

Museum exhibit Textiles 3. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
The three 1817 Bibles at the Port Hardy Museum. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Trio of 1817 Bibles found in the Port Hardy Museum, curator wants to locate owner

Contact the musem at 250 949-8143 if you think these are your family’s bibles and want them returned

The three 1817 Bibles at the Port Hardy Museum. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Sparx Skate Sharpening in the North Island Mall. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

VIDEO: North Island hockey memorial opens at Sparx Skate Sharpening

Dylan Dirom put the memorial together to help grow the game locally and give back to the community.

Sparx Skate Sharpening in the North Island Mall. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Port Hardy Museum curator Jane Hutton is looking to find out who is in this photo. (Port Hardy Museum photo)

Port Hardy museum wants to know if you can identify who’s in this photo

If you can help with identifying the photo, please contact 250-949-8143.

Port Hardy Museum curator Jane Hutton is looking to find out who is in this photo. (Port Hardy Museum photo)
A memorial totem pole for Billie Moon, carved by Willie Seaweed at Blunden Harbour in 1931, with help from Joe Seaweed. The pole depicts a thunderbird and dzunuk̓wa and is standing at the ‘Namgis burial ground at Alert Bay. (Zoë Ducklow photo)

Visiting the present past at U’mista Cultural Centre

The museum at Alert Bay is unlike any other

A memorial totem pole for Billie Moon, carved by Willie Seaweed at Blunden Harbour in 1931, with help from Joe Seaweed. The pole depicts a thunderbird and dzunuk̓wa and is standing at the ‘Namgis burial ground at Alert Bay. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Port Hardy museum celebrates emergency services with new exhibit

Port Hardy museum celebrates emergency services with new exhibit

The emergency services exhibit opened last week (June 6).

Port Hardy museum celebrates emergency services with new exhibit
Joshua and Weyla Roy display some of the many letters they have from serial killers like Robert Pickton and Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)
Joshua and Weyla Roy display some of the many letters they have from serial killers like Robert Pickton and Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. (Shalu Mehta/News Staff)