‘The reality is, we’re not ready’
CMHR won't be fully operational until Nov. 11, CEO concedes
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This article was published 25/09/2014 (2882 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The full opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been delayed. Again.
President and CEO Stuart Murray confirmed Wednesday afternoon that while guided tours of part of the museum will begin on Saturday — the day all 11 galleries were scheduled to open — the museum won’t be fully operational until Nov. 11.
A number of the exhibits still need to be finished and there are even a handful of workers still wearing construction helmets, he said.
“We had fully anticipated that we would be ready to offer a full experience on the 27. The reality is, we’re not ready,” he said.
When he came to that realization just a few days ago, he had two options. The first was to shut down for a few weeks while the exhibits were completed. The second was to offer the limited tours at the same time as the exhibits were finalized.
“We made a commitment and I feel very proud of the fact that on Sept. 27, we will be open for business, he said.
This is a marked change from late last year, when Murray announced the Sept. 20 opening.
“A national project of this scope and scale comes along just once in a generation,” he said on Nov. 4, 2013. “When the doors of this building open next September, it will be a historic moment for Canada and a proud day for Manitoba, as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.”
As recently as last Saturday, Murray told the Free Press that there were some “final details” that needed to be nailed down. “They’re down to a certain picture, a certain photograph.”
And from last week, when CMHR spokeswoman Angela Cassie said when the doors swung open this Saturday, all 11 galleries would be outfitted.
Visitors would get “a full experience through all the galleries,” she said.
As a consolation, the museum will offer a pair of guided tours, running from Sept. 27 to Nov. 9.
A one-hour morning tour called Discover the Building will start every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., looking at the architectural elements of the museum.
In the afternoon, the focus will shift to 90-minute tours called Explore the Galleries, which will take visitors through five galleries — What are Human Rights, Indigenous Perspectives, Rights Today, Expressions and Inspiring Change. Both tours will include visits to the Israel Asper Tower of Hope and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children aged seven to 17. Kids under seven are free.
Updated on Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:33 AM CDT: Replaces photo