The Royal Saskatchewan Museum is at a Tipping Point
More than 30 years after it outgrew the space most folks know as the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the RSM is still using what was supposed to be a temporary solution - storing objects of great scientific and cultural value in a nearly 100-year-old building at 2340 Albert Street.
The RSM’s Annex was built in 1924 as a telecommunications office, and was never intended to house artifacts. Despite this, in 1985 the government directed the RSM to store thousands of plant, animal and dinosaur fossils there, as well as Indigenous artifacts, while it looked for a permanent solution. What was supposed to be a five-year compromise has lasted for nearly 36.
The Annex is inadequate and does not meet standards for either safe storage of artifacts or working conditions for staff. There is no elevator or loading dock, forcing the RSM’s staff to haul objects through windows and up multiple flights of stairs.
Artifacts are stored in overflow areas such as hallways because everywhere else is full. The Museum cannot add to 11 of its 19 collections and is a few years away from having to halt collections altogether.
The government of Saskatchewan promised the RSM a permanent solution decades ago. The Museum has patiently waited for a new, appropriate facility, but the time for patience has run out. The RSM is in desperate need of a permanent building to safely house its collections and staff. #SaveRSM
Nature Regina has written a letter (see below) to Minister Laura Ross asking her to immediately intervene in this case and address these concerns now. The Minister of Finance has also been cc’ed on this letter.
We need your help
If you have these same concerns about the future of the RSM and we know you do, we would ask that you send a letter to the Ministers and your MLA as these are provincial treasures that need our protection.
Contact information for MLAs can be found here: