The original Douglas Cardinal Building has long served as the home to the original gallery and faces great demand on a regular basis. This exhibition space will be modernized with infrastructure to handle the thousands of school students who pass through our doors each week.
Included in this space are the two iconic galleries, Space Place and Discoveryland. These two loved galleries will be completely redesigned providing an enhanced experience and able to accommodate even more guests. In addition, a third gallery, “The Nature Exchange” will be developed.
Discoveryland becomes CuriousCITY
The new Early Childhood Learning Centre “CuriousCITY” will bring art and science together to stimulate creativity and development as children learn and interact with the world around them. The gallery design is inspired by the city we call home and will give our children a sense of place. The signature experience is a series of connected “treehouses” themed as iconic Edmonton buildings and bridges. Children will crawl through sedimentary layers in the river valley, direct airplane traffic at the YEG airport, explore vegetation in the Muttart Conservatory and create lighting displays for the High Level Bridge. CuriousCITY will increase our capacity for this younger audience, while providing an environment to help them grow intellectually, emotionally and physically.
Space Place becomes S.P.A.C.E (Stars, Planets, Astronauts, Comets, Etc.)
The new astronomy gallery will focus on a more investigation -based experience. It will explore our solar system, the celestial objects beyond it, manned space exploration and the tools used to know what’s out there. The exhibits will invite our guests to drive a rover on the moon, pitch a baseball on Mars and experience the G forces felt by astronauts when they launch into space.
The S.P.A.C.E. gallery will include a command centre where a staff scientist will encourage guests to conduct physics experiments and explore the latest space missions.
Nature Exchange Gallery
This gallery is a unique and innovative learning place that relies on the trading of natural items and information about them. It inspires people of all ages to explore the world around them, learn as much information as they can about it, and share that information with the Nature Exchange staff when trading for new natural items. The lessons children learn are personal, memorable and life-lasting.