Bad news for Storyeum… and Gastown

I’m disappointed by the news this week about Storyeum applying for bankruptcy protection – not surprised, mind you – but definitely disappointed. From my own anecdotal experiences, I guessed that our excellent living museum of Vancouver history might be headed for trouble. I’ve been three times and each time, the show has been visited by a far-less-than-capacity crowd.

Part of the problem seems to be that a lot of people just don’t know what Storyeum is. When you tell people its a museum and then say it costs about $22 to get in, most locals (and tourists) won’t be that interested. But Storyeum isn’t so much a museum as a theatrical performance with a historical theme. If you’re the kind of person who wouldn’t mind spending $22 on a play or a concert, then Storyeum is definitely worth your money.

I do hope Storyeum gets back on its feet soon. The space is potentially a strong anchor for the newly revitalized Gastown and the show is definitely worth visiting for any proud Vancouverite – not just history majors, either.

4 Comments so far

  1. Soultrance (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    Well this is unfortunate. I’ve never been to Storyeum during the day, but my work rented out the entire place for a summer party and it was fantastic!

    The staff were very accomidating and did a fantastic job. This is a real shame.

  2. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 11:15 am

    Well, this is going to make my review of their dinosaur exhibit seem rather unuseful….

    I may be the only person reading this who has been to the Storyeum show and the also-pricey dinosaurs exhibit on now. I shall say more later, but the Storyeum was always a wildly ambitious (read: “insanely expensive”) play, and there is some pricey stuff in that thing (the giant Elevator of Geological History) which was probably not a good investment.

  3. themarina (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 3:06 pm

    Personally, I think the real problem here is that it’s just too expensive. It completely alienates the local residents and there aren’t enough tourists interested in this. I’ve been once and I’d definately go again, if the price was a bit better.

  4. Lydia (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:27 am

    It’s not $22 anymore, it’s $27. Which I think is a bit pricey for 90 minutes.

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