How to move a museum in 20,000 pieces

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Just the thought of moving is enough to stress most people out. Imagine having to pack up more than 20,000 artifacts - including a large moose head, among all the pieces -from a museum.

It's a big job that was put into the hands of professionals, but it also took plenty of help from dedicated volunteers and staff at the Niagara Falls Historical Museum.

For two days last week, moving trucks were loaded with boxes and wooden crates of all sizes and shapes from the former Lundy's Lane Historical Museum on Ferry Street. From there, they were transported for temporary safekeeping to the Victoria Avenue armoury, which will also be the home of the Niagara Military Museum.

The move, which has been two years in the making, was necessary in order to prepare for the $10-million expansion to the building on Ferry Street in time to commemorate the War of 1812's bicentennial.

"We've had a few challenges - including how to move the large moose head that used to hang above the front door of our museum and a large fire truck that will have to remain because it doesn't fit through the door," said Kathleen Powell, manager of city of Niagara Fall museums....

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