Two years and counting until brand new home of Osoyoos Museum opens

By on October 22, 2014
Plans were unveiled Saturday showing the proposed concept for the new museum, which will be located at the current Home Hardware Building Centre. The front will be opened up with large windows to create an inviting and visible façade.

Plans were unveiled earlier this year showing the proposed concept for the new museum, which will be located at the current Home Hardware Building Centre. The front will be opened up with large windows to create an inviting and visible façade.

Two years from now, the Osoyoos Museum Society will gain possession of the Home Building Centre property on Main Street and begin redeveloping it into the new museum.

The plan is to open the new museum in late-spring of 2017 and we trust you will be pleased with the result.  Volunteers and the Osoyoos Museum Society Board have been  diligenty working behind the scenes preparing for October 1, 2016 when we can begin renovations.

In the meantime, we continue to work on revitalizing existing exhibits and developing new exhibits in preparation for the move.

If you have not been by the museum lately, please consider dropping by to see what has been happening.

Based upon the proposals and recommendations of our architect, we are finalizing plans for the new museum and will be happy to share them with you.

The plans are more modest than originally proposed, but we realized that we have to be practical, exercise common sense and work toward the long-term goal based on what we can afford.

Our fundraising plan has been developed and we are ready to go.  While local support is important, of course, we want you to know that we will be applying to the major federal and provincial programs as well as foundations for the bulk of the money required.

When the community agreed to purchase the Home Building Centre, we made a firm commitment that we would not ask for any further local taxpayer dollars for this project.

We absolutely stand by that commitment!

To help keep you informed as we work towards the grand opening, the Osoyoos Times has offered us a monthly column and we thank the Times for its generous offer.

Each month, this column will feature an historical topic of local interest, provide information regarding artifacts and exhibits in your museum and keep you posted on our progress.

If there are topics you would like us to consider addressing, call us at 250-495-2582, email us at info@osoyoosmuseum.ca or drop by the museum at the foot of Main Street in Gyro Park and chat with us.

If you would like to join our team and help with this exciting project please let us know.

Next Month:  Learn about the revitalization of the Military Collection

This column was supplied by the Osoyoos Museum Society.

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