The Royal B.C. Museum is revving up for a $10-million renovation to showcase some of 1,100 Emily Carr works now in storage, refurbish its 1970s-era First Peoples Gallery and create a new Pacific Worlds Gallery and learning centre.

Twelve architects toured the museum last week in order to apply to be architect of record for the undertaking, with a deadline of Jan. 13 for their proposals. Funding for the work has not been secured.

The work will be done within the existing building. The site was rezoned in 2011, and plans were unveiled that called for demolition of the 14-storey museum and archives building, and construction of two towers of 12 and 14 storeys.

No such buildings or demolitions are under discussion for the foreseeable future, said chief operating officer Angela Williams.

The renovation in the works will offer more amenities and more First Nations perspectives, she said.

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