Revelstoke Museum marking end of busy year with reception

The Revelstoke Museum & Archives is hosting a reception on Thursday to celebrate the completion of several projects.

Guests take in the exhibit on the history of Mount Revelstoke National Park that opened in April.

Guests take in the exhibit on the history of Mount Revelstoke National Park that opened in April.

The Revelstoke Museum & Archives is hosting a reception on Thursday to celebrate the completion of several projects, including museum renovations and new exhibits.

It’s been a busy year for the museum as they re-vamped the main floor space with a more open layout and improved lighting.

The museum also launched two new exhibits — one marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of Mount Revelstoke National Park and the other the centennial of the start of the First World War. The Times Review wrote about the new exhibits when they opened earlier this year.

“These improvements have really added to the quality of our museum,” said Cathy English, curator of the museum in a news release. “We are receiving many positive comments from our visitors about the new exhibits.”

The work was made possible through funding from the provincial Resort Municipality Initiative, commonly known as the tourism infrastructure fund. The reception is being held to show thanks for the funding and to showcase the work done.

“The RMI program is designed to help grow tourism in eligible municipalities,” said Shirley Bond, the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, in a news release. “The new kiosks, exhibit, information panels and changes to the museum entrance provide a fresh look and will no doubt inspire people to want to learn more about the rich history of Revelstoke and area.”

The museum still has one big project in the works — Land of Thundering Snow, an online exhibit on the history of avalanches being produced for the Virtual Museum of Canada. Cathy English is also working on a book compilation of her brown bag lunch talks.

The reception is being held Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4–6 p.m.