Renovation of the Rossland Museum - Entry Gallery
Start date: 1 June, 2015
End date: 31 March, 2018
The main museum building sits on the “Mining in the Kootenays” Historic Site of Canada that encompasses the historic entrance to the Black Bear Mine and a number of significant, large industrial mining artifacts and related outbuildings, and outdoor community programming space. Begun in the 1950s, the community came together in 1967 to plan and construct the initial exhibition building.
Since then, that main facility has been added onto in order to incorporate exhibition space exploring themes of local skiing history, hydroelectric power generation, mining and smelting, and social and cultural history.
From 1967 to 2010, there was a very informative, experiential, and successful underground mine tour of the Black Bear Mine. Access to the mine was permanently closed for safety and liability reasons in 2012 by the property owners, and the museum has endeavored to make up for this lost educational opportunity through walking tours, gold panning, and other special programming.
The mine closure and subsequent loss in visitors and programming opportunities has necessitated the need for a “Renewal.”
The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre (RMDC) Board of Directors – working closely with Teck Metals and the City of Rossland – has worked out a phased approach to this Renewal Project:
Phase I: Renovation of the Entry Gallery
Phase II: Mine Experience
Phase III: Atrium
Phase IV: Industrial Shed
Phase V: Screen / Sign / Sitework / Exterior Walls / Windows
Phase VI: Interior Renovations
Phase I Project Description:
Anticipated work will include:
An unexpected, existing vertical void space above the existing entry space provides an amazing opportunity for a grand entry gallery. This full-height space is already built and can be quickly and inexpensively renovated. The museum has had interest from community groups and businesses for reception space, and this interest is facilitated with the relocation of washrooms to provide appropriate space.
Removal of a non-bearing concrete wall separating the entrance space from the exhibition space. This work will allow for the incorporation of a new temporary exhibition space that will respond to community interests and needs. It will also accommodate wider public programming needs that are related directly to the exhibitions or that reflect other elements of the collections. This space will also accommodate new community expectations of museums to act as a ‘third space’ for a wide array of community cultural and artistic engagement.
Consolidation of administration and meeting space in order to gain operational efficiencies. These changes will also facilitate better use of RMDC’s important volunteer corps.
Removal of all non-bearing interior walls in the archives work/storage spaces to gain operational efficiencies and help ensure better security and climate control for collections. This renovation will strengthen RMDC’s connection to business and tourism functions and to broader community interests, thereby helping generate both traffic and revenue.
Relocation of public washroom facilities from the entranceway to the side of the building. This move will also allow for enhanced facilities that are generously sized, accessible, barrier-free, and family friendly.
Nature of the Project Reach
The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre is the gateway to the Kootenays from the West and located in West Kootenay.
THE VISION A JOURNEY OF CHANGE… A refreshed and transformed Rossland Museum that will reinforce its position as the West Kootenay’s leading museum and archives; A landmark site to congregate, create and strengthen links between diverse communities in the region; A significant shift in public programming: new interactive exhibits, exciting visitor experiences, and innovative ideas; and An active presence in the city that supports local economy, spurs partnerships, and regenerates tourism.