Investing in education, diversification in Edmonton

Premier Rachel Notley tours the new CuriousCITY Gallery with TELUS World of Science scientist Samantha Marion and president and CEO Alan Nursall (background right).

The province is investing $12 million in the Aurora Project, which will increase capacity at the TELUS World of Science through new exhibition spaces and redevelop programs that have a northern focus.

“For more than three decades, the TELUS World of Science has guided children, families and adults alike on a journey of discovery. Our investment in the Aurora Project will help to challenge and inspire visitors and stimulate new ideas that have the power to transform our world.”   

Rachel Notley, Premier

The funding supports the new CuriousCity exhibit, which will allow visitors to explore the science and history of Edmonton, as well as the Arctic Gallery which is focused on Canada’s breathtaking northern environment and emergent issues like climate change.

“The Aurora Project expansion will help the TELUS World of Science meet the growing demand for educational and public programs, creating unique and exciting visitor experiences and generating new economic opportunities for Edmonton and Alberta.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Construction of the expansion will create nearly 350 jobs and generate more than $80 million in economic activity. Once the project is complete, it’s expected to add $3.5 million in economic benefits to the capital region every year with more than 50 people being hired to support the increase in visitors.

“Every day at the science centre, we are privileged to ignite curiosity, inspire discovery, celebrate science and change lives. This announcement of support from the province of Alberta will allow us to continue to make that difference well into the future.”

Alan Nursall, president and CEO, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton

Construction of the expansion began in October 2018. The overall cost of the expansion is $40 million with additional funds being provided by the City of Edmonton, the Government of Canada and  donations to the TELUS World of Science. 

Quick facts

  • The Aurora Project will add nearly 2,000 square metres of space to the facility.
  • TELUS World of Science is the largest ticketed cultural attraction in northern Alberta and is second in the province behind the Calgary Zoo. A wide range of interactive educational and public programs is available to students and lifelong learners of all ages.
  • The facility attracts an average of more than 400,000 visitors each year, including students, families and tourists, and is supported by more than 17,500 members of the science centre.

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