Proposed Pacific Maritime Centre FAQ’s
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia (MMBC) and City of Langford have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding promoting the creation of an exciting new community arts and cultural hub. The proposed project will generate a range of social and economic benefits for local area residents and visitors to the Greater Victoria Region.
The planned project is located at 2360 City Gate Boulevard in the City of Langford and includes the Pacific Maritime Centre (PMC) that contains a ‘Class A’ Maritime Museum of British Columbia, an immersive planetarium theatre, an observational light-house design sky-deck, a conference centre including an upper penthouse event facility, a multi-story business tower and an adjoining City of Langford Performing Arts Centre.
The MMBC has been searching for a new home for over ten years and needs to develop a project that provides greater long-term financial sustainability and reduces our dependence on government. This is a unique opportunity for the Museum to consolidate collection under one roof and establish a cooperative development model involving both the government and private sector with the goal of the MMBC owning an interest in the building once the project is completed. Overall, the PMC will seek to combine a diverse range of maritime related facilities, within an integrated cluster including a maritime-oriented museum, research, education and commercial uses.
The MMBC and City of Langford will collaborate on the overall development of the project. The primary goal is to ensure that the PMC and Langford Performing Arts Centre are both financially self-sustaining. It is anticipated that once the new arts and cultural project is complete, revenue generated from office rental space; conference and penthouse rentals; cafeteria, catering, restaurant and gift shop sales; sky-deck tours and guided tours; public admissions; school, youth and adult programs; public events; and theatre programming shall provide sufficient income to sustain the overall operation. The Museum is planning to oversee the operations of the entire facility once the project is finished.
The City of Langford believes that this project will create several new iconic attractions for the City and will further enhance the City’s commitment for providing family-based entertainment, youth training initiatives, educational programming and exciting new public events that help support the local economy. The Museum and City of Langford are planning on creating partnerships with First Nations, School District 62 and other school districts, post-secondary institutions, non-governmental organizations, federal and provincial departments, youth and daycare programs, other private sector entities, and community-based arts and cultural organizations.
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What is the overall purpose of the Maritime Museum of BC under the BC Societies Act?
To promote the maritime heritage and maritime culture of British Columbia, the Province’s standing in the Pacific maritime community, through the operation of a Museum in which:
(a) artifacts, scientific and technological specimens, works of art, and archival material of a maritime interest are collected, stored, documented, preserved, studied, displayed and interpreted, and
(b) to provide programs and activities of an educational and performing arts nature in support of the above objectives.
What is the relationship between the Pacific Maritime Centre and Maritime Museum of BC?
Will the Maritime Museum of BC no longer exist if it becomes a National Museum?
What is happening with Bastion Square?
What is the City of Langford contributing to the project?
Why aren’t you looking at property in Victoria?
How is the project being funded?
Has money for the project been secured?
What plans do you have to mitigate the risks of a national recession?
Are you still looking for any type of water front property in addition to the new Langford location?
What is happening with Tilikum, Trekka, and Dorothy?
The Maritime Museum of BC is now at a critical point in Dorothy’s restoration. With future development plans progressing for the organization, we are at a cross roads with which path to take for her final stages. The Museum’s Collections Committee is currently undergoing a review of the best path forward to ensure Dorothy can receive the greatest care and be available for the public to view her and learn about her important history.
How will you continue to deliver your outreach programs across the Greater Victoria Region?
Will you continue to operate the Victoria Classic Boat Festival?
What happens if the money isn’t raised?
What is the timeline for this project?
When will the Museum move in?
When will it be open to the public?
The timelines seem quite ambitious. Are they flexible?
Is there going to be an increase in transit directly to the site?
Where is all of the Maritime Museum’s collection currently stored?
The remainder of the Museum’s collection including two of our three sailing ships are currently being stored in in less favorable conditions at Ogden Point and the SV Dorothy is currently being stored on Gabriola Island at the private residence of a shipwright who has been doing ongoing restoration work on the vessel.
When are you supposed to have your artefact collection removed from the existing storage site?
The current storage arrangement at Ogden Point is renewed on an annual basis and includes a clause that the Museum may have to remove the collection with only one weeks’ notice. This storage arrangement has been in place for many years with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and Western Stevedoring and they have both been very helpful and supportive of the Museum.
How large will the new proposed museum be?
Will there be free parking?
Are you looking for any other partners for the project?
Will you have all of the maritime artefact collection on display?
Will you be open seven days a week?
What types of public and educational programs will be offered?
What types of new public and educational programs will be offered in the new immersive planetarium theatre?
Will the new Museum have traveling exhibitions?
How will you be making the museum financially self-sustaining?
The Museum will own the Pacific Maritime Centre and is planning to oversee the operations of the entire facility once the project is finished.
Are you reaching out to other community organisations?
Will there be key tie-ins to educational institutions and users?
Particularly immediate, will be the opportunity to develop collaborative educational programs with the new high school being built adjacent to the PMC. This can help foster training opportunities between the MMBC and the planned Langford Performing Arts Centre.
What is the purpose of the office tower?
How will this complex become a focal community and cultural centre for Greater Victoria's rapidly growing Westshore communities?
Included in its planning and urban design are public spaces for arrivals and gatherings such as a grand entry plaza and generous space allowances for the lobby of the MMBC and Langford Performing Arts Centre.
Will you be able to easily get to the new proposed site?
How can I help with this project?
Where can I donate?
Can I request my donation go to a specific part of the development plans?
Your donation is greatly appreciated and will help the Museum establish a new permanent long-term home to protect our maritime heritage and to offer the public a range of new maritime programs that celebrate are past, present and future.