In the news: Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton Journal
Edmonton Journal’s Paula Simons shares her conversation with Royal Alberta Museum about their new DIALOG-designed home.
“It’s a striking building, but it’s also really really functional. Everything is in the right place.” – Chris Robinson, Executive Director of Royal Alberta Museum
From Edmonton Journal, April 22, 2017:
Let there be light.
An excellent beginning for a creation story.
The new Royal Alberta Museum is a work in progress. Its exhibit halls are bare, waiting for display cases and exhibits. The new Bug Room is appropriately hot and humid, but devoid of creepy-crawlies. The 250-seat theatre is going through its final sound checks, but no one struts or frets upon its stage. The lobby cafe has its panini press and its latte machine installed, but it will be another eight or nine months before we can pop in for a snack.
When the RAM opens in early 2018, it will be the largest museum in Western Canada — 39,000 square metres, with 7,800 square metres of exhibition space — roughly double what the old museum in Glenora had.
“We have 2.4 million pieces in our collection, and about 90 per cent are moving downtown with us,” says the museum’s executive director, Chris Robinson. “We’ll have 5,300 pieces on display in our opening exhibits.”
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