Moncton Museum closes for renovations

The Moncton Museum is closing its doors on Monday for the next year while it builds a new addition to the centre.

New Moncton Museum and Transportation Centre will open in summer 2013

The Moncton Museum is closing its doors on Monday for the next year while it builds a new addition to the centre.

Construction will start in March on the area of the museum that will become the new Transportation Discovery Centre.

The new centre will explore the past, present and future of Maritime rail, road, and air transportation. The renovated museum is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.

Brenda Orr, the senior heritage officer for Moncton, said it was necessary to shut down the museum for a year so the construction could begin.

"The museum itself is on a very small site in terms of the footprint, so of course this whole property is going to become a construction zone," she said.

But Orr said just because the museum is closed to the public, it will still be active in the community.

She said programs will be carried out at the Thomas Williams House and other off-site locations.

"We'll be around and we want to be out in the community of course generating lots of buzz and talk about the Transportation Discovery Centre leading up to its opening," she said.

Orr said staff will still be working at the museum so people can call to find out what's going on.

The renovated site will also include a gift shop, cafe and an interior plaza, which will feature the 1911 facade of the former city hall.

The Moncton Museum holds a collection of artifacts and photographs about the region's history.