In Progress: Completion Date 2026
The B.C. government is building a new collections and research building (CRB) in Colwood. The CRB will house the Province’s collections, research departments and the BC Archives. It will use mass timber construction and meet CleanBC energy efficiency standards. Once built the CRB will be open to the public. People will be able to view artifacts and displays, access the BC Archives, watch researchers at work through accessible lab areas, and engage with museum staff on site. The government anticipates substantial completion in October 2025, total completion in January 2026, and a public opening in summer 2026.
Collections and research building announcements can be found here:
Contract awarded for RBCM collections, research building
Royal BC Museum collections and research building moving forward with procurement
Museum modernization reaches new milestone
New energy-efficient building to protect B.C.’s history