MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $1 million in the construction of the Moncton Transportation Discovery Centre, an extension of the Moncton Museum.

“Working with partners to invest in leading tourism experiences is an important part of our government's plan to rebuild New Brunswick's economy,” said Premier David Alward. “This investment will allow the City of Moncton to offer visitors an even greater experience visiting the new Transportation Discovery Centre and the Moncton Museum under one roof.”

The centre will feature exhibition galleries, an interactive exhibit on all modes of transportation, an education centre, a gift shop, café, and an interior public plaza designed to preserve the 1916 sandstone façade of the former Moncton City Hall.

“The Transportation Discovery Centre will honour Moncton's transportation history and heritage from shipbuilding to the railroad, from trucking to air transportation, and looks forward to today's information highway in a truly educational and family-friendly environment,” said Deputy Mayor Merrill Henderson. “The province's financial support highlights the importance of this new centre, both for Moncton residents and our visitors.”  

Established in 1973, the Moncton Museum has a collection of 17,000 artifacts and 8,000 archival documents. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the physical and historical heritage of  Moncton and the surrounding area. The new centre is expected to attract thousands of additional visitors to the museum each year. The new addition will be 1,170 sq. metres (19,000 sq. feet) and is scheduled to open its doors in the summer of 2013.

Using an interactive approach, the centre will illustrate the fundamental role transportation has played in shaping the history and growth of Moncton will highlight the city's position as the transportation hub of Atlantic Canada.