The Museum of Vancouver’s CEO said her organization is interested in possibly relocating to the downtown Vancouver Art Gallery building, but other locations will also be considered.
“So many people—and I thank them for their support—are keen to have us move into the VAG (Vancouver Art Gallery) building,” Nancy Noble told the Straight today (April 25). “And it’s not that we’re not very interested in that, but we really have to look at what the best options are for the museum in the long run.”
Noble’s comments came the day after city council voted in support of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s plan to relocate to a city-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie. Gallery officials want to create a larger, purpose-built home as part of a $350-million plan.
Noble said the Museum of Vancouver’s name has been coming up on social media in relation to the current gallery site, located in a former courthouse building on Robson Street.
“We just kind of thought, ‘Wow, we better clarify what we’re doing,’” she said. “Really, it’s more about that—is that we need to clarify that, yes, we’re very interested in the current VAG building but it’s not the only location we’re interested in.”
Noble said the museum has been considering a move for several years from its current home in a city-owned building in Vanier Park. She said the museum is now conducting a study of its space needs and potential locations it could relocate to.
Noble said the goal is to find a downtown site that is closer to transit and other cultural institutions and more accessible for tourists. She acknowledged the art gallery building has appeal, noting it has been renovated to house a museum and is in a prime location.