posted on May 14: Irregular hours at Museum: Odour being investigated


Hours of operation for the McMaster Museum of Art have been irregular lately while physical plant and risk management services staff investigate reports of a mysterious odour in the building reception area.

Tests to date have not detected anything in the air that would explain the smell or indicate the facility is unsafe, says Ron Angus, director of risk management. The investigation is continuing.

Museum staff are concerned about the odour and some have reported sore throats, headaches and an odd taste in their mouth. Museum director Kim Ness reports that in the interest of their health and safety, staff members have been sent home early everyday since the problem was first detected 11 days ago.

“They have also been told not to come to work and have been given the option to go home if they feel unwell,” says Ness.

The Museum was closed over the weekend and is still closed.

The building has one of the most modern ventilation systems on campus.