The provincial government has decided to halt plans to rebuild the Royal British Columbia Museum.

The museum will remain open to visitors and the public during an engagement that will lead to a re-direction of the institution.

“This museum belongs to the people of British Columbia,” Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport,

said, “and their voices will determine its future.”

The public engagement will seek people’s thoughts on what they want from a modernized museum experience and on the museum’s structural and safety issues.

They will identify possible alternatives for the museum’s buildings and make plans for the engagement.

Once the new Collections and Research Building is completed, museum artifacts will be safely relocated there.

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