UBC MOA prepares for major $8.8M renovation project to protect building, collection

October 31, 2018

The University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology will be undertaking an $8.8M renewal project in late autumn. The museum's Great Hall will be earthquake-proofed to protect the building and its collection. The Georgia Straight explains that the upgrade marks the second seismic engineering upgrade of its kind in the city. “In Vancouver, we are all too familiar with the idea of ‘the Big One’—a catastrophic earthquake that threatens to unleash irreparable damage upon our city and beyond,” said MOA Curator of Education Jill Baird. “That’s why we are taking measures to seismically upgrade the Great Hall and educate our community with the Shake Up exhibition.” The upgrade will be celebrated with presentations from UBC, SFU, and MOA experts and curators; music, dance, and storytelling by cultural groups from earthquake-prone regions; and the launch of a new exhibition exploring earthquake science and technology, as well as Indigenous cultures. Georgia Straight | MOA