The last day to visit the National Music Museum will be Saturday, October 6. After that, they’ll be closing their doors for three years.
The National Music Museum has been in the same building for 45 years. When the three-year renovation is over, the museum will be more than 16 thousand square feet bigger, with a new building attached to the original.
But, why three years?
“When you renovate or expand a museum, and you’re using an existing building you have to move the entire collection,” said Patricia Bornhofen, the museum’s Manager of Communications. “And when you have items that are as precious as 500-year-old cellos, they have to be packaged and secured and moved in a very particular way.”
The Museum has over 15,000 artifacts, but only a fraction of them are on display. With the new building, there will be plenty of space for almost all of their instruments.
“We’re showing about 1200 right now on the floor,” said Bornhofen. “So obviously we want to get more things out in newer exhibits, and it’s long in coming.”
Deborah Reeves is the Curator of Education for the museum, and she is excited about the prospect of being able to teach in a new, more advanced space.
“It’s going to make it much much easier to provide leadership through the museum to help students of all ages discover things, explore things on their own, be able to make that meaningful experience,” Reeves said
This expansion is not going to be cheap. The price tag looks to be upwards of $15 million.
When the Museum finally reopens it’s doors in 2021 with a bold new look, it hopes to attract even more people than it does now.