Science Museum Begins Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Project

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Science Museum of Virginia officials want to reinvent the institution with next-generation exhibits and expanded facilities.

To accomplish that goal, the Richmond-based museum has launched a $60 million fundraising campaign. The museum plans to raise $30 million from private donors and $30 million from the state.

Museum director Rich Conti tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( ) that the museum has received $23 million in state appropriations and $7 million in private donations so far. He says it will take five years to meet the campaign's goal.

The museum plans to spend $22 million on new and updated exhibits. Five new exhibits are planned.

Another $25 million will be used for improvements, including construction of a 14,000-square-foot events center.

The museum also plans to expand community outreach and build its endowment.


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