Prov­ince an­nounces $9.3 mil­lion Tyrrell ex­pan­sion

An­nounce­ment made dur­ing Foun­da­tions ex­hibit un­veil­ing Fri­day

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum opened its new ex­hibit Foun

da­tions on Fri­day and of­fi­cially an­nounced a ma­jor $9.3 mil­lion ex­pan­sion in con­junc­tion with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Al­berta Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Ri­cardo Mi­randa was on hand to of­fi­cially open the new ex­hibit and to make the of­fi­cial Tyrrell ex­pan­sion an­nounce­ment as part of the NDP’s Al­berta Jobs Plan.

“The ex­pan­sion money our gov­ern­ment is an­nounc­ing today will in­crease vis­i­tors, cre­ate jobs, and leave a last­ing legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” Min­is­ter Mi­randa said.

Fund­ing will go to­ward ex­pand­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the dis­tance learn­ing stu­dios, ad­di­tional class­room and learn­ing spa­ces, ex­pand­ing ac­ces­si­ble wash­room fa­cil­i­ties, de­vel­op­ing a hands-on dis­cov­ery room, and a rest area.

The Tyrrell re­ceived $7 mil­lion for this year and $2.3 mil­lion for next year. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin in spring 2017 and be com­pleted in spring 2019. The mu­seum will re­main open to the pub­lic through­out the con­struc­tion pe­riod.

“When we build, re­new, and main­tain in­fra­struc­ture such as the Royal Tyrrell, our econ- omy gets a needed boost. In­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture also sup­ports jobs,” said Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture Brian Ma­son in a press re­lease.

The mu­seum ex­pan­sion an­nounce­ment comes a year af­ter the Tyrrell broke its at­ten­dance records with over 400,000 vis­i­tors.

The Foun­da­tions ex­hibit is sit­u­ated at the be­gin­ning of the mu­seum gallery and is de­signed to in­tro­duce key themes and ideas cen­tral to palaeon­tol­ogy through in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and ex­hibits.

The ex­pan­sion project was pre­vi­ously re­ported in the April 20 edi­tion of in­Side

Drumheller and the ar­ti­cle is avail­able on­line at www.drumheller­

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Al­berta Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Ri­cardo Mi­randa and Tyrrell Di­rec­tor Andy Neu­man of­fi­cially an­nounced a ma­jor mu­seum ex­pan­sion at the un­veil­ing of the new ex­hibit Foun­da­tions on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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