Nearly half of the Discovery Centre’s construction costs will be covered by government funding when it moves into its new home on the Halifax waterfront, reports CBC News.
The new $18.5-million science museum will be built in the Nova Scotia Power building on Lower Water Street. The Nova Scotia government is contributing $6 million while the federal government is providing $3 million.
The Discovery Centre will be responsible for the remaining cost and will also cover any cost overruns on the construction.
Currently, the centre leases space on Barrington Street. When it moves into its new digs, it will not have to pay rent. Emera, the parent company of Nova Scotia Power, is contributing the space rent-free for at least 25 years.
The new centre, which will be double in size to about 40,000 square feet, will feature an interactive planetarium that makes people feel as though they are travelling in space.