Year 2005 Project
The current facilities are seriously overcrowded
and poorly laid out for present museum standards of operation. There
are no environmental controls and there is no space to expand
operational functions necessary to meet the expectations of a rapidly
growing population in Grande Prairie and surrounding region. To
address these needs, a Strategic Planning Study was carried out by Len
Clark, Architect and Facilities Planner in 1997.
Since there is limited space available at the
original museum site and the City opposed relocating the entire
facility, the Clark study proposed a second, more accessible location.
Therefore, the Year 2005 Project consists of two components:
At Grande Prairie Museum: The upgrade and
expansion of administration, archives, collections care, storage and
programming space at Grande Prairie Museum. This will require an
addition of 4,600 square feet. The whole interior will be reconfigured
and environmentally controlled areas determined for archival and
artifact collections. Grounds displays and interpretation will add a
1896 Fur Trading Post, an equipment display building and outdoor pad.
At Centre 2000: The creation of a
comprehensive, interpretive, 6,000 square foot regional permanent
display, travelling exhibition gallery and a learning centre in an
environmentally controlled space. Named Heritage Discovery Centre, it
will be housed on the lower floor of the Centre 2000 building recently
constructed by the City of Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie and
District Chamber of Commerce. Grande Prairie Museum and Spirit of the
Peace Museums Network will create and direct exhibit production.