Wow! What a party! Thank you to everyone who came to the Museum on Saturday and helped us celebrate our Grand Re-Opening! We hope you had as much fun as we did! Thank you, also, to all the amazing performers who shared their talents, and our community partners who brought discovery lab materials! Missed Saturday? Don’t worry– we’re open 10am-6pm daily all summer, so you can come see the renovations in person someday soon!
People keep asking what’s going on with renovation–it’s mostly been on the inside, and it’s been busy! Wall framing is complete in almost all areas, as well as rough-in for systems. Shafts sites are prepped for both elevator lifts (front entrance and interior). Things will start looking very different when drywall arrives next week! Work has also resumed on the re-vamped front entrance. Although glass windows, doors, and siding will be installed near the end of the project, interior space, steps and roofing are coming together!
*If youwould like a special sneak peak, call the museum to book your own Hard Hat Tour! These one-hour behind-the-scenes tours (including hors d’oeuvres and a beverage) are $50 per person, $175 for a group of 4, or $250 for a group of 6 (max tour size). Call the museum at 235-8635 to schedule!
Things are moving quickly along! Since September, museum staff and volunteers have relocated the whole of collections storage into the former store and special exhibits gallery, which won’t be affected during this phase of construction. Beachy Construction has begun work to renovate the front deck and entry, and erected a dust barricade to protect the permanent gallery (and overflow storage) from their work to install a new ramp to the marine gallery. The downstairs is completely gutted and preparing for a whole new life as dedicated storage and classroom space! Walls are going away upstairs as we get a glimpse of a new, wide open gallery space!