The City has posted a video on its Youtube Channel giving a sneak peek at the new Lloydminster Museum & Archives ahead of it’s slated opening at the end of November.
Mayor Gerald Aalbers says the new space holds tremendous potential especially for travelling exhibits.
“The quality of the travelling exhibits will be enhanced incredibly because of the quality of the building we have. We have the ability to control moisture, air and temperature to the Nth degree. You can imagine trying to bring something back from 1916. Something that was used over 100 years ago in the First World War. They want to preserve it forever. But if we don’t have the facilities to do that, we can’t host those kinds of exhibits. We now have that ability, technology and space to do that, which is terrific.”
Aalbers extended his congratulations to the staff saying he knew that they were lining up several travelling exhibits.
The Youtube video shows the 2200-foot space dedicated to the permanent Heritage Gallery, the Temporary or Travelling Gallery for visiting exhibits, as well as rooms for the archive collection that has been collated by the Lloydminster Regional Archives, an Art studio for hands-on-learning and a pottery studio with a kiln room for the Lloydminster Potter’s Guild.
Staff say the new facility will begin accepting submissions from local and regional artists next year.
Back in August, Council got a first look at the new logo design and Aalbers indicated that the rebranding aimed at a fresh perspective for the museum. Aalbers is sharing that with more travelling exhibits, a trip to the museum will be at least every quarter.
“We will hopefully be able to visit the museum four times a year and see something very different each and every time. That’s what brings many people back. One of the things I heard very clearly from some people was that some of the exhibits had not changed in 28 years in our former museum.”
Aalbers is encouraging residents to look out for new exhibits going forward.
The new Lloydminster Museum and Archives is being completed at 4207-44 Street, just before the east side Lloyd Coop facility.