Virginia Discovery Museum to close for renovations

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- After 25 years on the Downtown Mall, the Discovery Museum in Charlottesville is getting a face lift.

"Brand new carpeting throughout the museum, brand new paint and wall colors," said Beth Solak, the Discovery Museum's Interim Executive Director.

The doors will close for about a month while the museum undergoes some renovations.

Besides painting and updating the lobby, six new exhibits will appear.

"There's actually going to be a STEM lab, which will concentrate on engineering and technology. There will be a literacy lounge where we'll be helping little kids learn how to read," said Solak.

The cabin is staying put, but the art space will transform into something a bit more creative, and a lifesize light brite will be installed on one of the walls.

The close to $200,000 renovation project is expected to take about four-to-five weeks and is thanks to some help from local organizations.

"It all happened pretty quickly. We were fortunate enough in the fall to get a grant from the Building Goodness Foundation, so that really spiraled everything," said Solak.

Somethings will still look familiar, like the exhibit in the main hallway, but for the most part, everything will have a new look.

"Bama Works has donated quite a bit of money for us to do a music and sound exhibit, so that's going in here, in just four weeks," said Solak.

In case a month is just too long without some discovery, there will be a pop-up museum at 503 East Main St., just across from the current location, featuring some of its most popular exhibits.

For more information about the pop-up museum click the link alongside this story.

The goal is to re-open the museum in early May.

The main museum will close for about a month starting April 8.

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