The Parksville Museum had another strong year in 2021, according to its annual report submitted to city council.
The museum welcomed over 2,800 visitors and added new exterior signage to help visitors navigate their way around the grounds. The project marked the completion of phase one of the Parksville Museum’s Exhibition Master Plan, according to the report.
“Under the expert guidance of museum consultant Tim Willis, we have created a five-year Exhibition Master Plan that outlines a vision and strategy for the renewal of the museum experience. We are confident that the plan will position us to be one of the most engaging community museums on Vancouver Island,” reads the report.
The next two phases will focus on storytelling in the heritage building interiors and in the main exhibition hall. The museum staff also plan to work closely with First Nations partners to ensure First Nations stories are included in exhibits.
The museum has plenty of events planned for 2022, including Old Fashioned Christmas, Multicultural Day and the Friday Night Market. There is also a strategy underway to provide online access to the museum’s 6,000 plus historical photographs.
The Parksville Museum is a non-profit organization and saw volunteers contribute over 3,600 hours last year. It will re-open for the season in the spring.