If you are familiar with the previous museum, you will see that the new one is totally different. The room is larger, the walls have been repainted (a great colour), there are new displays and many of the displays are interactive. The interface to control what you see on displays is via ipads and in some cases you can listen. Although the appearance is open and uncluttered, there is plenty of information to be had. Some artifacts are on display although the photos are not the originals - these are kept in the Northumberland County archives.
The Museum was designed by 5 master's program students at the University of Toronto and one of them, Britney Sproule (at right), was hired to manage the project. The cost of the project is $125,000 with all of the funds being raised by the Marie Dressler Foundation. Both the Provincial and Federal governments provided grants and the Town of Cobourg made a contribution as well.
The external window has been blocked off to prevent damage by sunlight and the space has been filled by a painting by renowned local artist Heather Cooper. It shows an imagined teenaged Marie Dressler looking out the window. Heather Cooper also painted the walls of the Henley Arcade.
All the work was done by local suppliers with many supplying items at cost - see graphic at bottom.
Congratulations from Government Representatives
At the opening of the Museum, as well as speeches by representatives of the M.P. and M.P.P, congratulatory letters were sent to the Foundation. These came from both the Provincial and Federal Governments. The Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage, Melanie Joly, sent this letter, the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport sent this letter and MPP Lou Rinaldi sent a letter and certificate.