Visitors to the Gibbons museum grounds will have a new building to enjoy this summer.
A 1000 sq. ft. prefabricated structure added to the museum site on Monday will serve as a tourist information centre and general gathering place for the community as well as provide public washrooms, kitchen space and a patio area.
The museum will also be moving its ice cream sales to the new building.
“We have a building that was fabricated in a factory that is being brought in and put on to a foundation to add a little bit more excitement and flair to our existing museum,” said Mike Dubreuil, community services director with the Town of Gibbons.
The $200,000 structure was designed to replicate an old post office that was once part an existing museum building. The museum site is currently home to a number of historically significant buildings moved in from Gibbons and the surrounding area. Some of the buildings were the small shops people once visited on horseback to buy weekly supplies.
Dubreuil pointed to a number of interesting artifacts museum visitors can enjoy learning about, including an antique Coke machine and old-style cash registers.
“Those sorts of things, you don't really see them anymore where you're pulling the lever to ring things up,” Dubreuil said. “You've got cans and canisters and containers and bottles here that are 100 years old.”
The museum, full of artifacts from in and around the Sturgeon County area, is a great resource for people wanting to learn about the historical roots of their home community, Dubreuil added.
The museum is operated by the Sturgeon River Historical Society and the Town of Gibbons and is open weekdays until August 24.