There is still a year left for the final touches to be put on the new Royal Alberta Museum.
Alberta Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason says the work is coming into its final stages.
“While inside and outside some minor finishing work continues, such as the decorative panels on the garden walls to my left, we’ve reached the construction completion milestone where we can get to work inside outfitting the museum’s galleries and exhibits,” said Mason.
Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault says the new Royal Alberta Museum isn’t just a new wonder for Alberta.
“As the largest museum in western Canada, this new building will be twice the size of the existing museum, meaning it will have twice the capacity to house homage to the uniqueness of Alberta, the heritage of its people, its lands, and its wildlife,” said Boissonnault.
Boissonault described his future vision of downtown Edmonton with the addition of the museum.
“There’s the Art Gallery of Alberta, just beyond it is the Winspear, then the Citdel. This is the anchor of a cultural promenade that will go all the way to the Shaw then the river valley. This is what’s going to attract tourists from around the world and across Canada right here to our city and have them stay overnight.”
Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he’s done a lot of work to help get this project made.
“Those of you who know my history on city council, I have been a passionate, passionate advocate of downtown’s development. Whether its arts development or this museum, I think the core of a city is your downtown and when your downtown is thriving your whole community become more vibrant and an exciting place,” said Sohi.
The entire cost of the project is $375.5 million with the province covering $253 million and the federal government contributing $122.5 million.
The Royal Alberta Museum is expected to open in late 2017. (djs)