- Accessible Stories Project. The Foundation will be breaking down accessibility barriers in the Amédée Forget Museum with the upgrade of this exhibit. A new safety railing will be installed on the second floor of the museum to allow those with accessibility challenges to overlook the well with a bird’s eye view of the grand foyer. This exhibit will also present a new story of Government House’s heritage from when it served as a convalescent home after the Second World War. This story brings awareness of a time when disabilities were not considered in daily life. This upgrade to the Forget Museum will serve to improve both education and safety services.
- Museum and Facility Sound System Upgrade. The Foundation is fundraising to install a state-of-the-art sound system throughout the facility to ensure safety through loudspeaker announcements. Currently, staff and security are relying on hand-held radios to make announcements to visitors and for emergencies. With the addition of this speaker system, guests would benefit from announcements regarding upcoming programming, tours beginning and safety. During large events this sound system would be used frequently for announcements similar to the quality experienced in a live theater lobby.
- Exhibit Upgrades – “The Role and the Relevance of the Maple Crown” exhibit. The Foundation is fundraising for the creation of an exhibit that would be installed permanently at the F.W. Johnson Entrance. Similar to the exhibit found at Rideau Hall in Ottawa and La Citadelle in Quebec City, this exhibit would tell the role of the Crown in our society and the relevancy of the office through information regarding honours, constitutional accountability and vice-regal patronage. This exhibit would act as an introduction to Government House and play a fundamental role in its educational programming.
- Renewal of the J.E.N. Weiebe Interpretive Centre. Currently the J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre houses an exhibit on the Crown. The design of the space follows dated museum standards and as a result is under-utilized due to outdated information, lack of new engagement methods and lack of relevant technology. The design of the upgrade would see a multi-use facility where feature exhibits could be brought in, evening museum receptions would be permitted, and the space reactivated with full accessibility and new technologies for those with adaptability requirements and special population groups (e.g. Braille, audio back-up, sensory panels). The space would also be an investment in a more holistic representation of the stories of the Province’s First Peoples.
Contact the Government House Foundation today to inquire how you or your organization can be involved.