New Brunswick is teaming up with the provincial museum and the City of Edmundston in a partnership aimed at the renewal of the city’s Antique Automobile Museum.
Officials confirmed in a release Friday that an architect and a project manager have been engaged to develop a design for the museum and address necessary upgrades. Staff from the New Brunswick Museum will prepare the collections for a return to public display.
Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace said the museum has been a staple in Edmundston since it opened in the mid-1970s.
“It is important to take the necessary steps to properly restore the building and share the collections with the public,” said Scott-Wallace.
The partnership will give new life to the Antique Automobile Museum after a temporary closure that saddened many residents, according to Edmundston Mayor Eric Marquis in the release.
“This is great news for the tourism sector, for the regional economy, and for the preservation of our heritage,” he said.
While provincial officials said more details would be shared in the coming months, they did confirm that the building currently housing the museum will be upgraded over the next year.
Phase one of the project, which begins this fall, will include replacing the roof.