Storyeum’s closed kiddies, no more dinos for you


Storyeum closed

Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

Last week Lydia and I were talking about going to Storyeum because Lydia claimed the buzz on the street was that it was going to close down soon. Why? Well it appears that nobody actually wants to go there, or at least not enough to pay money.

So while walking through Gastown today I was surprised to see that it had in fact closed, much sooner than I had figured. Lydia had already read about it in the newspaper, so she was hip to that though she had kept it a secret for fear of me getting depressed about its closure. So no Storyeum for me, and history will never come alive again. Ever.

Did anyone actually ever go? How did the dinosaurs tie into whole early settler vibe of our history? Did the early miners ride stegosauruses to and fro their claims? Someone fill me in.

Edit: It was pointed out that Jonathon did do a pre-closing Storyeum Blog post previously [mbv]. It’s worth reading and is filled with more facts than this post is.

5 Comments so far

  1. Foo (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 8:22 pm
  2. maktaaq (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 8:29 pm

    Not sure how the dinosaurs fit into BC history – I just read somewhere that BC had no dinosaurs, pleiosaurs yes, dinosaurs, no.

    I went to Storyeum just out of curiosity. It’s not a museum at all and that may have been one of the problems. They should have marketed themselves as what they really were. Musical theatre. Or something. Just not a museum.


  3. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 2:08 am

    Remember, it wasn’t a Museum, it was a Storyeum! The process of creation was like this:

    1) Build a giant elevator that descends below Gastown at a cost of probably far too close to seven figures.

    2) Put on what is, essentially, the most elaborate long-running stage production anyone in Vancouver has ever conceived of.

    3) Assume, with no factual basis whatsoever, that the script you have come up with is so compelling that people will be lining up at $24 apiece (or whatever it was) to see a 90-minute show about BC history.

    Of course, once 3 doesn’t work out, 1 and 2 pretty much guarantee you are doomed.

    The real chutzpah was the Storyeum types more or less begging for more money from the city, on the basis that their sunk costs were already rather high. I do not have any polite words for such levels of wackiness, except to say it pushes into public-funding-of-NFL-stadia territory.


  4. maktaaq (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    1) For all the talk of the elevator, before I went to Storyeum, I was expecting a Disneyland Haunted House elevator: “Oh, look kids, there’s Amor de Cosmos..oh wait…he’s wearing a tutu…oh, he’s on a tight rope…oh no, there’s an aligator with its jaws wide open below him!”

    2) What about that Tony & Tina’s Wedding?

    3) When we were walking down the first tunnel, I hoped so much that the compelling part about BC history would be that ghouls leap out of the shadows to attack us tourists. I was sorely disappointed when one of the tour leaders calmed down a little girl by saying that it was only a semi-dark tunnel. Opportunities lost, dear Storyeum!

    Hopefully Storyeum can be the new Fright Nights venue.


  5. Uncle Scratch (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 12:46 am

    Storyeum closed? GOOD!
    I got shnookered into going in there once- it was cheesy and cheap (the exhibits and gimmicks, not the entry fee), the kind of thing you find in say, Niagara Falls. The only people who went in were tourists, and they left feeling gypped-which they were.
    A good, simple historical exhibit could have filled half the space and would have been a real asset to the gastown tourist trade.



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