SAINT JOHN (GNB) – The government announced today that it is committing $50 million toward construction of a new provincial museum in uptown Saint John.

“Your government recognizes that money invested in infrastructure helps create jobs and grow our economy,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “The New Brunswick Museum promotes culture and our important tourism industry. It attracts upwards of 100,000 people annually between its two facilities. It is for these reasons your government is committed to the construction of a new, state-of-the-art museum that will bring all components of the New Brunswick Museum under one roof.”

The government will seek additional funding from the federal government and the private sector. The scale and precise location of the project will be determined based on commitments from other partners, with the goal of beginning site work in spring of 2018.

Given the heritage value of the museum’s Douglas Avenue property, the government is committed to working with partners to find a new purpose for the historic building that respects its heritage. In this regard, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is carrying out a number of repairs to the building to ensure its longevity.