The City of Richmond is looking at ways to revamp the Steveston Museum and is asking residents to share their opinions on the potential changes.
Possible changes include new exhibits, changes to visitor information services and Canada Post office operations.
According to the city, in-person visitor information services in the tourism industry have evolved, and fewer people are using “user-paid postal services” at the post office.
Because of this, the city is working with the Steveston Historical Society and Tourism Richmond on what the future of the museum will look like.
Linda Barnes, chair of the Steveston Historical Society, said in a statement that the society is “keen to ensure its members and the community are involved and find the museum space relevant.”
More information about the changes, as well as an online survey for the public and tourism stakeholders, is available online at LetsTalkRichmond.ca. The survey will be available until Sunday, March 14, and printed versions of the survey are available upon request.
People can also contact the Steveston Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-238-8037 for more information or assistance.
“City council and staff are committed to sustaining and developing cultural heritage and a wide range of cultural experiences and opportunities for residents and visitors,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie, in a statement.
“The Steveston Museum, the surrounding Town Square Park and Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society building form an important historic destination, and we look forward to working with Steveston Historical Society, Tourism Richmond and the public to re-imagine its future.”
The Steveston Museum has occupied the Northern Bank heritage building at Moncton Street and First Avenue since 1979, and, for many years, has held a Canada Post outlet operated by the Steveston Historical Society as well as a Visitor Information Centre operated by Tourism Richmond.
In 2015, the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society joined with the museum and became home to an exhibit on Japanese-Canadian experiences in Steveston.