Britannia Mine Museum's new immersive show experience opens next month

May 3 2019, 6:37 am

Travellers along the Sea-to-Sky Highway will soon have a new reason to make a stop at Britannia Mine Museum, as a new major immersive multi-sensory show is set to open next month.

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The museum’s ‘BOOM!’ theatrical mill show, built at a cost of $4.2 million, is set to open to the public on Saturday, June 1.

It is being billed as a live-action special effects show that brings the 20-storey Mill building back to life, sharing the National Historic Site’s story as one of North America’s last gravity-fed concentrator mills.

“I am very proud of the fact that the Britannia Mine Museum is a place where people of all ages can come for fun and learning. It is also the perfect place for discovery; about how each of us is connected to mining, about how we need minerals from our earth for modern solutions; and about the role we all play in our earth’s sustainability,” said Kirstin Clausen, Executive Director of the Britannia Mine Museum, in a prepared statement.

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March 2019 construction photo of the BOOM! show experience at Britannia Mine Museum. (Britannia Mine Museum)

Port Coquitlam-based Dynamic Attractions – which has been involved with a number of rides at Disney and Universal Studios theme parks – engineered and manufactured the museum’s new movable skip for the show. This mechanism will demonstrate how mining equipment was hauled up and down the mill.

The overall show is designed and produced by Vista Collaborative Arts, which assembled a talented team of producers, lighting, sound, and special effects technicians, many of whom work with IMAX and Cirque du Soleil.

According to the museum, the mine was the largest copper producer in the British Empire in the late 1920s. Underground tunnels stretching 200 km in length supplied raw ore and produced copper and zinc concentrates.

It was operational as a mine from the 1920s to 1974, and it reopened in 1975 as a museum.

In 2017, the museum, located south of Squamish, attracted over 75,000 visitors, including 11,000 students.

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