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Fundy Geological Museum reopens after $1 million renovation

PARRSBORO – Everything old is new again at Fundy Geological Museum.

The museum reopened its doors to the public on Oct. 13 following a $1 million renovation project that took years to plan and months to build.

“The reopening marks a milestone for the Fundy Geological Museum and the Parrsboro area,” said Bill Estabrooks, acting minister of tourism, culture and heritage. “The museum’s new permanent exhibit enhances the popularity of the Fundy shore as an eco-tourism destination and helps create economic activity for Parrsboro.”

The museum’s existing space was given a complete overhaul, with the addition of numerous new exhibits and the reworking of attractions already popular.

New exhibits include the Bay of Fundy Time Machine, which gives visitors a first-hand view of the geological history of the Parrsboro area, beginning with the ancient supercontinent of Pangea; and Trackways, a display showcasing fossil imprints, from insects to dinosaurs.

Also added to the museum gallery is Big Bowl of Rock Soup, which explores links between geology and Nova Scotia’s cultural heritage, while cross-promoting other Cumberland County museums such as the Age of Sail Heritage Centre, Springhill Miner’s Museum and Joggins Fossil Centre.

“The museum is positioned better than ever to interpret the story of colliding continents, changing climates and Canada’s oldest dinosaurs,” said Ken Adams, director of the Fundy Geological Museum. “We encourage everyone to grab on to this opportunity to connect Nova Scotia’s ancient geology to today’s world.”

The province, through Tourism, Culture and Heritage and Economic and Rural Development, contributed $550,000 and the federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, contributed $450,000 to the Cumberland Geological Society for the project.

“Government is proud to have invested in this valuable local project,” said MP Scott Armstrong, speaking on behalf of Keith Ashfield, Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

“Through our investment in the Fundy Geological Museum, government is enhancing the community of Parrsboro and contributing to local economic growth and tourism.”

Organizations: Fundy Geological Museum, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Big Bowl Age of Sail Heritage Centre Cumberland Geological Society

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Nova Scotia, Bay of Fundy Time Machine Cumberland County Springhill Miner Canada

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