Tuesday, January 07, 2014

$25M not enough to create ‘world class’ history museum, Senators told

Ottawa Citizen
by Don Butler, December 5, 2013

Museum of Civilization needs double that to do proper job, says anthropology society.

The $25 million the federal government has allotted to transform the Canadian Museum of Civilization into a national history museum falls far short of what is required, says the president of the Canadian Anthropology Society.

In a presentation to a Senate committee this week, Lorne Holyoak said current costs to meet curatorial standards are normally about $1,000 a square foot.

Based on its planned 50,000-square-foot renovation, that means the museum requires $50 million to “preserve the world-class standard of the museum,” he told members of the standing committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

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