Manitoba Museum in Store for $5M Facelift

Manitoba Museum in Store for $5M Facelift

Shelly Glover
Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, speaks during a funding announcement to expand the Manitoba Museum on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (SHANE GIBSON / METRO WINNIPEG)

The Manitoba MuseumWINNIPEG — The Manitoba Museum is set for a $5 million makeover.

The provincial and federal governments are kicking in the cash to renovate and expand Alloway Hall, the museum’s main exhibition area.

The expansion will nearly double the size of the hall to more than 9,700 square feet and includes upgrades to heating and cooling systems, lighting and sound, and security systems.

The Winnipeg Foundation is also providing a $500,000 grant towards the project.

“The expansion of Alloway Hall is a very exciting step for our museum, which will allow us to bring in the biggest and best travelling exhibits to Manitoba from around the world,” said museum CEO Claudette Leclerc.

“The success of past exhibits such as Dinosaurs Unearthed, Real Pirates and Wrapped: The Mummy of Pesed have been a tipping point for the Museum. Together with Alloway World Exhibits Fund and our strategic partnerships, we believe that a new, enlarged exhibition space is a major part of building an exciting and bold future for the Manitoba Museum.”

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.