They're coming into the home stretch as construction proceeds on a major new expansion to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.

Alberta Infrastructure and Seniors Minister Sandra Jansen toured the work site on Tuesday, November 13 to see what's been down and what the final product will look like.

"It is an absolute delight to see projects like this because, with the sheer number of young people accessing the Tyrrell Museum, both in Alberta and from around the world through distance learning, this is really a state of the art, absolutely wonderful museum," she enthused.

Jansen and Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg joined Tyrrell directors and contractors for a tour of the expansion, which includes educational rooms, a party room that can be rented out and a hands-on exhibit space with a place for people to put up their feet and rest before continuing with their tour.

"I experience that myself, when I go through a big space," noted Tyrrell Executive Director Andy Neuman. "It's nice to have a bit of a break and then you can really enjoy the second part more."

He added the $9.3 million project, which was co-funded by the Federal and Alberta Governments, is pretty much on or ahead of its scheduled opening in the spring of 2019.

"When I realized, and I hadn't realized this before, that they do the sleep-overs out here, I am coming back this summer to do one fo those sleep-overs," vowed Minister Jansen. "I'm really excited about it now."

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