Kamloops city hall is getting a pop-up museum

KAMLOOPS - In a bit of a reveral of roles, the Kamloops Museum and Archives is heading to city hall to renovate the lobby. The city hall lobby is going to be the scene of pop-up museums as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Museum supervisor Julia Cyr says the Talking Walls Project will include artifacts and wall displays highlighting the country’s 150 years.

“Artifacts are going to connect to the stories that are there," she says.

While museum curator Matt Macintosh is the person organizing what and how things will be displayed, Cyr says it’s likely Kamloops’s cenotaph will be highlighted, along with historical images from the city.

The area to be renovated will be the buildings front lobby, where most people doing business with the city spend time. The project is a way for the museum to reach out in a new way, participating in the growing trend of pop-up museums. Cyr says the small display will be flexible, as well.

“Maybe mid-year we can switch them out as we get closer to Canada Day,” she says. “There’s kind of an organic nature to it, you can play with it.”

The lobby will be under renovations starting soon, Cyr says, with plans to redo the walls and install purpose built cases. It’s expected to finish up Dec. 21. The exhibit is funded through part of the museum's grant from the B.C. Arts Council, which goes towards museum projects like the Talking Walls Project.


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