Tristin Hopper: With little notice and even less transparency, the Royal B.C. Museum is demolishing some of Canada’s most iconic exhibits with no idea of what’s going to replace them
The Royal British Columbia Museum has been repeatedly voted as one of Canada’s top cultural attractions by reviewers on TripAdvisor. It often ranks as one of the country’s most-visited museums and the Frommer’s travel guide refers to it as “hands down, one of the world’s best regional museums.”
And in less than two weeks, almost all of the Royal B.C. Museum’s most signature attractions are being abruptly ripped out in the name of “decolonization.”
The demolition contracts have already been signed. Starting on Jan. 2, crews will start taking crowbars to life-sized dioramas of a Peace River homestead, a salmon cannery, a Vancouver Island coal mine and HMS Discovery, the flagship of British explorer George Vancouver.