Santa has come early to the Fundy Geological Museum.
Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong announced Tuesday $450,000 in federal funding for the museum's renovations to the exhibit gallery. Adding to the pot, Lenore Zann announced the province was kicking in another $550,000 for the project.
The project involves the renovation and upgrade of the exhibit gallery, with the Cumberland Geological Society developing the concept, design, fabrication and installation.
The society is currently in the planning process of what the new exhibits will be. Details of that plan will be revealed at a later date.
"Through this investment, the thousands of visitors who come each year to experience the geological history and unique features of Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy will have even more to enjoy," Armstrong said.
"This renovation and upgrading project is good news for the entire region, Projects such as this build on the rich history and natural assets of an area and contribute to the economic, social and cultural strength of Atlantic Canadian communities... particularly those in rural areas," Armstrong continued.
Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill, expressed the provincial government's eagerness to join partners at the federal and community levels when making the province's announcement to invest in the museum.
"This museum opens our ancient past to a curious audience in a way that showcases Nova Scotia's rich geological and fossil record. The revitalization of its exhibits will attract new visitors and entice long-time fans back with an expanded and enhanced permanent display," Zann said.
"This is a very exciting day for the FGM and its governing board, the Cumberland Geological Society," Karen Dickinson, board chair of society said.
"The funding we have been granted here today means the first big change since it opened in December, 1993. While we are proud of the programming and displays that have been a part of the museum, it is time for a change... not just a facelift but major gallery changes that will continue to backdrop the excellent staff with which our board members are proud to work," Dickinson said.
Dickinson thanked all levels of government, organizations, supporters within the community and volunteers, all of whom Dickinson said play a tremendous role in the success of the museum.
The official unveiling of the newly revamped Fundy Geological Museum will happen this spring.