Big boost for Saskatoon Children’s Discovery Museum

Three million dollars has been earmarked for the new Children's Discovery Museum through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Children’s Discovery Museum / Supplied

It’s another step for the new Children’s Discovery Museum in Saskatoon thanks to the federal government.

Three million dollars has been earmarked for the new museum through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Sean Casey, parliamentary press secretary to the minister of heritage, announced the funding Tuesday.

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“The goal of the Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is to create a space where kids of all ages can come together to explore science, culture and art,” Casey said in a statement.

“Today’s investment will help them achieve this, and will benefit all the visitors who get to enjoy the new space and increased programming.”

The money will go toward upcoming renovations to the Mendel Art Gallery building.

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“This brings us to about 60 per cent of our capital campaign goal, which is $15 million. We’re well on our way now,” Dave Hunchak, Children’s Discovery Museum volunteer board member, said.

“The construction and design team is well into the design and we’re happy we now have the building vacant so things can start. It’s great.”

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The work is expected to begin in November, beginning with asbestos remediation followed by selective demolition. The renovations will increase the size of the museum from 2,000 to 12,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Exhibits will be selected within the next month.

The museum is set to open in 2019.

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