The Surrey Museum’s promised expansion is finally getting underway, with design plans nearly ready to share with the public, a broad timeline for construction, and a bold new feel and vision for the future.
The expansion is the museum’s first major upgrade since it opened in 2005 in Cloverdale, and aims to create a dynamic, interactive, family-friendly space that reflects Surrey’s rich past, culturally diverse present and its future as a city of innovation and creativity.
“We will definitely be breaking ground in January. It may be sooner,” Museum Manager Lynn Saffery said Friday, as many new details were revealed for the first time since the project was added to the city’s five year capital plan. It’s hoped the project will be complete by mid-2018.
Saffery said the Surrey Museum will re-open as a community hub where people can tour the galleries, take part in programming or hang out with friends or relax, inside or out.
“This is first and foremost a community space,” he said.
The $10 million project will add 12,000 square feet of additional space by building out from the drum or spiral-shaped, two storey building. The new wing will include a flexible gallery that will allow the museum to host national and international exhibits and would also be used for community celebrations.
The expansion will also create public spaces for special events, along with more room for community-curated cultural exhibits and a Kids Gallery that will triple in size.
State-of-the-art technologies for exploration, maker spaces and DYI labs are also on the list, providing more ways for Surrey residents to tell their stories, with the museum balancing its own content with the many cultures comprising the city.