If you drove by the Surrey Museum this summer and noticed work crews on the property, not to worry — the facility isn’t going away, rather it is getting $15.7 million overhaul.
Scheduled to open this month, the renovation consists of additions to the main structure and surrounding grounds, a major expansion of the Kids Explore Zone, and the construction of an Indigenous Hall in partnership with the local Indigenous communities. A large feature gallery for exhibitions and special events, available for public rental, will be built as well.
“The expanded museum will be a community hub where people can not only tour the museum galleries but also gather with friends, study or relax with indoor/outdoor seating and amenities. It will be a dynamic space reflecting the innovation and creativity that defines the City of Surrey,” said museum manager Lynn Saffery.
The idea is to create a Heritage Campus to be occupied by the Surrey Archives, Cloverdale Library, Veteran’s Square, and 1881 Town Hall, which finds a new home on site.
To pay for the project, the federal government is contributing just under $5 million as part of the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and the rest is made up municipally.
Mayor of Surrey Linda Hepner says she is happy to see the upgrades to the museum, subtly renamed the Museum of Surrey, finally come to fruition after years of collaboration with numerous stakeholders.
“This new Heritage Campus will educate and entertain visitors as they explore our stories and communities. The Museum and campus will provide interactive and innovative perspectives about stories that link our communities with the relevant issues we face today. This will better equip younger generations with the knowledge and understanding needed to address the challenges of the future,” said Hepner.
When it’s done, visitors can expect to interactively learn about topics such as energy use, food security, transportation, housing, innovation and sustainability, and more.