Familiar vine gone as Kamloops Museum undergoes facelift

Crews will be repairing damaged wood and removing aging signage. Drafty windows will be replaced with tightly sealed units using UV-protected glass to help preserve the museum’s valuable collection and artifacts, all of which require storage in temperature- and humidity-controlled environments.

The Kamloops Museum and Archives building, downtown at Seymour Street and Second Avenue, will receive a facelift as part of required building maintenance.

The work is intended to preserve the architectural heritage of the original, mid-century modern building, which is now almost 65 years old.

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Crews will be repairing damaged wood and removing aging signage. Drafty windows will be replaced with tightly sealed units using UV-protected glass to help preserve the museum’s valuable collection and artifacts, all of which require storage in temperature- and humidity-controlled environments.

To accommodate foundation work and repainting of the museum, the familiar vine on the west side of the building has been removed and will be replaced by new greenery at the front of the building.

“The removal of the vine was a sad necessity,” said Matt Macintosh, the city’s museum curator. “It’s been a dynamic, living part of our building. We’ve been advised that its root system poses inevitable risks for the building and, by extension, the museum collection. So it was decided that now — in and among other work intended to prevent larger future costs — was the best time to take it down.”  

Work is anticipated to take up to three months to complete. The museum will remain open during the work and museum visitors will not be impacted.

The KMA is open during regular operating hours, with access to the archives available by appointment only. Learn more at Kamloops.ca/KMA.

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