Budget 2017 promises $40 million for RAM – Alberta News

Budget 2017 promises $40 million for RAM – Alberta News

After years, the wait for a new storage facility at Reynolds-Alberta Museum is finally over.


As part of the recently released 2017 Budget, the provincial government announced $40 million for the museum in its Capital Plan, which will go towards a much needed storage facility.

“I’ve been a champion for the Reynolds Museum in the Legislature, and I’m thrilled that the government has paid attention and provided funding for this expansion,” said Wetaskiwin-Camrose MLA Bruce Hinkley via press release.

“The Reynolds-Alberta Museum brings people from across the province and the world to our communities, and is an important part of our local economy.”

For museum director Noel Ratch, the announcement came as a surprise.

“But a good one,” he laughed.

With a constantly growing collection and plenty of artefacts from Stan Reynolds’ Heritage Preservation Foundation still waiting for a home, expanding the museum’s storage capacity has been high on the wish list for many years.

“Wherever he is now, I’m sure Stan has a big smile on his face now that this has finally happened because he was always our biggest advocate and our greatest champion,” said Ratch.

The museum’s current collections storage facility is 110,000 square feet and every inch of that is chockablock full of artefacts, strategically packed in, bumper to bumper.

Ratch said the new storage building will be about the same size as the old one, but will be made taller to help accommodate some of the larger aircraft in the collection.

The new facility will be built between the old storage warehouse and the Aviation Hall of Fame hanger. The new building will…

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