I'm on day 6 of a 13 day week so I'm not going to torture you all by trying to publicly do any math. It'll just be embarrassing for me.
That's exactly what I'm telling you. The staff space is used incredibly conservatively in my opinion. A lot of the behind-the-scenes space isn't purely administrative - a huge footprint belongs to research labs and collections storage. We have to store the millions of artefacts that aren't on display at any given moment and we'll have many (if not most!) of them on-site with us. The intense environmental rigours that museum buildings need to live-up to in order to house collections is another reason for high prices. Controlling the environment is essential to protecting these objects.
Museums are bloody expensive unfortunately.
Anyway. I work tomorrow (and the next day, and the next and the next lol) so I'll just reiterate that I'm sorry that the opening didn't live up to the hype and that you were disappointed with your experience at the new museum. It certainly wasn't our intention to let Albertans down and hopefully you'll have a better time if you decide to visit again in the future. I certainly appreciate the spaces more when they're quiet and I'm looking forward to the travelling exhibits we will be able to host with our new galleries. The environmental controls of the new rotating feature gallery means we'll be able to book some really incredible shows in the future.