N.B. museum won’t move from north end: board

The revitalized New Brunswick Museum won’t be leaving its original north end Saint John home.

Officials announced in a news release Friday the museum is going forward with its facilities renewal project at its current Douglas Avenue location.

Several factors were considered, according to the board of directors.

“The ability to incorporate a new design with the current historical facility, which will be upgraded and preserved, led the Board of the New Brunswick Museum to conclude this represented an exceptional option for the 181-year-old institution,” reads the news release.

Kathryn Hamer, chairperson of the museum’s board of directors, said members are satisfied with the location, which they say is “rich in historical significance.”

“We have a plan that will avoid any impact to the nearby park, while reinvigorating the traditional home of the New Brunswick Museum on a site it has occupied for almost a century,” said Hamer in the news release.

The investment is expected to spur development in Saint John’s north end.

Developers say the new building will be designed with community input, with public engagement sessions being planned around the province for a later date.