Golden Dragon Museum opened in 1991 and across the intervening 30 years, despite many thousands of visitors, has never had a major refurbishment. But this has now all changed.
Last year the Victoria State Government provided $1M for the Museum, in partnership with the City of Grater Bendigo, to undertake a major Upgrade Project. Targeting specifically those front of house areas mostly used by the public, the kitchen, food preparation area and restaurant have already been completed with food being offered for the first time in over two years over the recent hugely successful Bendigo Easter Festival. Now, however, the works move into the Reception/Ticketing/Retail areas and will be undertaken in three stages.
Collaborating closely with Council and the various contractors who will deliver this exciting project, the works have been scheduled to allow the Museum to remain open with hopefully minimal inconvenience to visitors. The Project Team has also been very careful to ensure that the Collection, especially those items on display, are protected from dust and anything else that may damage or impact on them in any way. Upgrades are never easy but working surrounded by fabulous and important artworks adds significantly to the complexity of the project.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 (yellow and white areas respectively) are now complete and have reopened. The works have now moved into Stage 3 (shaded in blue) which is now closed off. Currently entry and exit are through the area shaded yellow and because these works involve two of the washrooms, there are temporary Women’s’ and Accessible washrooms on-site but outside.
Thank you for your patience. The Project is due to finish through October.