In years past, many senior guests and those with mobility issues would have found it difficult to access the mezzanine level at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. The upper level is where the ever popular model train is housed, as well as a variety of art and information.
These days, a newly installed elevator allows guests to visit every inch of the museum.
“It’s been a project in the making for a long time,” says Executive Director Laura Young. “We are very proud. It will benefit our senior visitors as well, and allow previously inaccessible areas of the museum to be available to all.”
While the numbers of those unable to access the mezzanine is unknown, the museum does know that last year, 22,000 people came through the doors, and of those, 4,400 of them were seniors. It is a significant number of people who may have been unable to explore all of the museum.
With a plan in place to instal an elevator and a large dollar amount needed for the project, Young turned to grant writing.
Hayley Johnson, the Executive Director in Young’s absence, notes the the museum was successful in securing funding from various grants, including BC Canada 150: Cultural Legacies, the Columbia Basin Trust, The Revelstoke Municipality Initiative, the Walmart Community Giving Program and the Rick Hanson Foundation.
The elevator has been installed and is, Johnson says, currently in operation.