The Royal BC Museum will soon have a major presence on the West Shore, after an announcement that a 14,000 square-metre facility is planned for Royal Bay in Colwood.
“Colwood is extremely proud to welcome RBCM’s collections and research building to our community, along with hundreds of jobs and significant construction investment," Colwood mayor Rob Martin said of the new archives that will complement the main museum in Victoria.
Building construction is expected to begin in 2021 and finish in 2024. The project will generate more than 950 direct and indirect jobs. The finished facility will improve research activities and open access to many of the seven million objects in the museum's collections.
That will help with the ongoing reconciliation process, Songhees First Nation chief Ron Sam said in the news release.
“Our Nation is looking forward to participating in the modernization of the Royal BC Museum. This project is an opportunity to tell the stories of our people, our history and our culture in the provincial museum in our territory."
Royal BC Museum: member since 1994
City of Colwood: Member since 2020
Songhees Nation: Member since 2017