Arts & Culture

New Richmond Museum exhibit reveals inner workings of the city

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:14 PDT, Tue September 17, 2019

Last Updated: 12:30 PDT, Fri October 4, 2019

Have you ever wanted to know things about our city like what is beneath the manhole covers? How do the dikes work? Where does the water in our taps come from? Does the timing of traffic lights really change during rush hour? Why doesn’t Richmond have any graveyards? What is a fatberg? The answers to all these questions and more can be found at the new City at Work exhibition at the Richmond Museum. The exhibition starts Thursday, Sept. 26 and the public is invited to the official opening that night at 7 p.m.

“From dikes and ditches, to sewers and skyscrapers, the Richmond Museum’s newest exhibition aims to bust urban myths while providing answers about the hidden workings of our city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The City at Work exhibition supports the Richmond Museum’s goal of contributing to a broader understanding of the concept of community in an accessible everyday setting that everyone can enjoy and understand.”

A variety of interactive, hands-on activities are also part of the exhibition including a “shake table” to demonstrate how earthquakes work, planning models and LEGO® reconstructions of historic buildings, a trivia game featuring questions about how Richmond works, a mix-and-match urban wildlife game, books from the Museum’s City at Work collection and the opportunity to dress up as a construction worker and emergency responder.

City at Work will run from Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 to Sept. 6, 2020 at the Richmond Museum, 7700 Minoru Gate (located in the Richmond Cultural Centre). Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is by donation.

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About the Richmond Museum          

The Richmond Museum Society supports the Richmond Museum, a community museum that collects, documents, researches, preserves, exhibits and interprets objects of historical and cultural significance to the development and history of Richmond. The museum makes the history of Richmond relevant, engaging and accessible.

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