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Open house at Royal Alberta Museum; heritage group hopes to save old site

The museum closed its doors last year and is moving into a new space downtown. .
The museum closed its doors last year and is moving into a new space downtown. . Julia Wong/Global News

Advocates are encouraging the public to come out for an open house in Glenora to urge government to save the old Royal Alberta Museum site.

Heritage Forward is a community-driven advocacy group that focuses on preserving heritage buildings in Edmonton.

The open house will be held Tuesday at the old Royal Alberta Museum at 12845 102 Avenue N.W. starting at 5:30 p.m. An information update from the ministry of infrastructure will be given at 6:30 p.m.

The event is being hosted by MLA Sarah Hoffman.

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The museum closed its doors last year and is moving into a new space downtown, where it expects to open to the public by late 2017.

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In August, media got a tour of the nearly complete space – located at 97 Street and 103A Avenue – and staff are now working on the year-long task of moving in.

In Photos: Royal Alberta Museum construction done, massive move up next

READ MORE: Edmonton resident starts online petition to save Royal Alberta Museum 

In March, a longtime Edmonton resident launched an online petition to save the old site from demolition.

June Acorn started the petition as Alberta Infrastructure issued a call for consultants to submit proposals examining the potential development of the RAM into public green space.

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“I believe the building has historic value and has future value,” Acorn explained.

“For them to say, make it into a green space, is really ridiculous because it is a green space. It’s a park and it’s beautiful.”

June’s son John Acorn, also known as The Nature Nut, is a renowned scientist, author and broadcaster who’s made a career out of his passion for nature. June credits her son’s early visits to the RAM for his passion for science.

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As of Oct. 25, the petition had 2,082 supporters.

Since opening in 1967, the museum has welcomed more than 13.8 million visitors.