In what has to be an ironic twist to the Olympic pavilions story, the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, which until last summer was going to be the home of Vancouver House. The NEW venue for the Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion opens March 12th! Here's the release from the Mint below:
The Royal Canadian Mint today announced the venue location to extend the Mint’s presence throughout the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympic Games. Located at 350 West Georgia Street in Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Library will host the Mint from March 12 to 21, 2010. The Royal Canadian Mint Pavilion, which was located at 500 Granville Street from February 12- 28, 2010 saw an overwhelming response from the public and received 110,000 visitors throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
“We are thrilled that the public responded to our Pavilion with unbelievable enthusiasm, eagerly lining up for a chance to hold the Vancouver 2010 athlete medals and to experience what makes the Royal Canadian Mint the best mint in the world,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “We are grateful to the Vancouver Public Library for providing the venue for the Mint to extend its presence in Vancouver during the Paralympic Winter Games and we invite the public to visit the Mint’s exhibit.”
Mint attractions to be showcased at the Vancouver Public Library will include:
- The Vancouver 2010 athlete medals display, with behind the scenes presentations by Mint medals production employees;
- The Mint’s Boutique, featuring numismatic and collectible products, and Daily coin exchanges
Hours of operation will follow the Library’s schedule of Monday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.