Visitors to the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina will soon have a more accessible experience.
The RSM will soon have a larger public elevator. The replacement project will begin on Tuesday.
John Snell is the head of Exhibits and Programming at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. He says 140-thousand people went through the museum doors last year and those needing an elevator had to use a lift.
“We’re excited to actually get a real elevator,” Snell said. “It’s going to be a full-sized elevator and will be able to fit three wheelchairs.”
Snell says it’s important to note the RSM will be without an elevator for the duration of the replacement project, but a portable platform lift will be available for use. He says construction begins almost immediately.
“We’re going to start construction right after Labour Day,” Snell said. “September 5th, we’re going to start working on it. And it’s probably going to keep going until sometime in the new year.”
With so many people going into the RSM last year, Snell says it was time to upgrade the old lift used to move people with accessibility issues.
Snell says all work is being coordinated in order to decrease any impact on visitors.
“When you have that many people in, you can imagine we have from all walks of life,” Snell said. “And having that many people come out and enjoy and discover things about Saskatchewan is very important.”