The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, Abbotsford

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The Reach Gallery Museum is a public art gallery and museum located in Abbotsford, British Columbia. It exhibits artwork from across Canada and around the world free of charge to visitors. Its mission is to be the centre of cultural and creative innovation in the Fraser Valley, committed to preserving and sharing the stories of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the community and showcasing the best in contemporary visual arts from local to national levels. The Reach is also the regional archival repository and houses a significant collection of material culture from the Abbotsford region in its environmentally controlled storage areas.LocationThe gallery is located at 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, British Columbia. It is part of the municipal complex that includes City Hall.HistoryAbbotsford City Council, with the support of the majority of its citizens, believed the municipality would benefit from a dedicated, professional arts and culture facility. In December 2005 the City established the Abbotsford Museum and Art Gallery Steering Committee in order to explore community aspirations for the planned centre.The concept of this centre evolved alongside the concurrent vision to become a community hub, a tourist destination, a location for the stewardship and interpretation of Abbotsford history, and a platform for excellence in the visual arts. It was determined that the space should be flexible enough to encourage community participation, appreciation and engagement in the arts.The BuildingFrom the outset, community stakeholders voiced their desire for a unique design. Draft plans were developed and public information sessions and open houses in 2006 and early 2007 invited public input on these plans. Construction, undertaken by PCL Constructors Inc. began shortly after that in June 2007 and the building was officially opened on September 22 of 2008. The total cost was $10.8 million.
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  • April 12, 2017
    Attended to the Reach museum for a presentation on Vimy Ridge. It was a part of the on going 3C (Coffee, Cookies & Culture) program that they have. I hadn't realized that I was required to pre registe...  more »
  • March 29, 2017
    We enjoyed this venue for our daughter's 9th birthday party. A staff member led the kids in a fun craft but it took much less time than they said it would and we had to come up with things to do for t...  more »
  • November 20, 2016
    We enjoy stopping by each time the exhibits change. A wide variety of art styles are featured throughout the year. The permanent Abbotsford history exhibits are great. The weekly C3 (coffee, culture a...  more »

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