The transformation of the Mendel Art Gallery to the Children’s Discovery Museum has received a big boost, thanks to $3 million in funding from the federal government.
The children’s museum and the Canadian government announced the donation Tuesday at the building that long held the Mendel Art Gallery, but is now transitioning into the children’s museum. The funding announced Tuesday, which comes through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, “will support the renovation and reconfiguration” of the building.
“This investment will help the Children’s Discovery Museum expand its offerings to our community and create greater opportunities for the kids of Saskatoon to play and learn together,” said Coun. Mairin Loewen.
The Children’s Discovery Museum had initially targeted an opening date in mid-2018 but likely won’t open until late next year.
“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,” said Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage Sean Casey in a prepared statement.
“The new children’s museum will transform the beloved Mendel building into a hub of activity for families, where children can learn, grow, play and connect with the many cultures of Saskatchewan.”
When it finally opens, the new children’s museum will replace the current facility in Market Mall. The amount of exhibit space will increase to 12,000 square feet from 2,000 square feet at its current location, and increase the number of exhibits to 10 from the current four. The museum will cost roughly $1.2 million a year to operate annually. The museum’s board says these costs will be covered by admissions revenue, donations and government grants.