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Children's Discovery Museum receiving $3M from federal government
Government officials and representatives of the Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan announced $3 million in federal funding for the museum in Saskatoon on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Cory Coleman/CTV Saskatoon)
Cory Coleman, CTV Saskatoon
Published Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:11PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:05PM CST
The federal government is providing $3 million to the Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan.
The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Sean Casey, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Canadian heritage.
The museum is currently in the process of moving from Market Mall in Saskatoon to the former Mendel Art Gallery building.
Amanda McReynolds Doran, executive director of the Children's Discovery Museum, said the funding will help repair and renovate the Mendel building.
"This beautiful building was built in the 1950s, and so there's a little bit of work that needs to be done to maintain and preserve it," McReynolds Dorna said.
"That's going to allow us to do all the renovations that will keep this building functioning smoothly for our community for many years to come."
McReynolds Doran also said she's "thrilled to have the government's support on the project" and she wants the museum to be available for kids from all walks of life.
"We think it's important that this is not just Saskatoon's children's museum, but this is a museum for the province and for the country, and we hope that children from all over Canada, and beyond, will come and enjoy this space," she said.
The funding will be provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
In a prepared statement, Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly said, "Our government is committed to supporting improvements to cultural spaces for artistic creativity and innovation. We are providing children and their families with the opportunity to experience lifelong learning in a larger and more accessible facility."
The revamped Children's Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019.