The new Royal Alberta Museum has now finished primary construction on the downtown facility that began work in 2013.
Federal Infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi says, ““Cultural institutions like the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton play a key role in developing dynamic communities that celebrate Canada’s diverse heritage and creativity. Museums bring people together, sparking curiosity, encouraging tourism, and connecting community members. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure – including funding for cultural projects like this one – will build the Canada of the 21st century and promote economic development that will help the middle class grow and prosper.”
The 375 million dollar project at 103-A avenue and 99 street still is having interior work done.
About a third of the funding came from Ottawa, the rest from the provincial government.
Alberta Infrastructure minister Brian Mason praised the project team. “They have designed and built a modern museum that reflects Alberta’s diverse landscape, pays homage to our past and will serve to entertain and educate Albertans well into the future. Our government will continue to invest in important infrastructure that creates jobs and benefits Albertans.”
Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boisonnault is please with the building. “The Royal Alberta Museum will be a landmark attraction in our downtown arts district. People will travel from near and far to learn about Alberta’s heritage and the stories of this great province – its land, its animals and its people. Infrastructure projects like this one are key to ensuring that Edmonton will remain among the best places in the world to live, work, and raise a family.”
The new museum is scheduled to open late in 2017. (eb)