Nearly two years after closing its doors for renovations, Edmonton's iconic pyramids are once again opening to the public, staring Friday morning. Sarah Ryan takes us inside the updated Muttart Conservatory.
One of Edmonton’s most tropical attractions is set to reopen after nearly two years.
The Muttart Conservatory will open its doors to the public Friday following a $13.3-million rehabilitation.
The iconic pyramids on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River were closed for 18 months for the renovation work, plus another five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New features include a fireplace, living wall and water feature in the centre court. Culina Muttart, the café located at the facility, was given a new look. On top of that, a new QR code tour through the pyramids is available to guests.
“We are excited to welcome Edmontonians back to the pyramids and we have been working hard to get the facility ready for your return,” said Rhonda Norman, director of river valley and horticultural facilities.
“We are pleased to be reopening a facility that people have missed and that helps support the mental and physical well-being of Edmontonians.”
Additional behind-the-scenes work was done to improve the 45-year-old attraction, most of which was focused on the heating and mechanical systems.
Critical infrastructure was either replaced or upgraded, along with mechanical, electrical and structural work to meet current standards and codes.
“The kind of rehabilitation we did at the Muttart was both challenging and extremely rewarding work,” project manager Lee Wish said. “It didn’t result in noticeable changes but it is preserving one of our most treasured year-round attractions for Edmontonians to enjoy for another 40 years.”
The conservatory is allowed to reopen with some restrictions under Stage 2 of the province’s “Open for Summer” plan, which came into effect Thursday.