"I will be so happy not to tell people the lights are actually on in the auditorium," said
Standing in the 1901 building, Mayor
It's important to examine the needs of "our cultural institutions that help to promote tourism, who bring people into our community," he said. "We just felt that the improvements they were requesting were merited."
Work on the upgrades to the museum is scheduled to begin in a month and last 120 days. The museum, at
"There will be noticeable pardon-our-dust signs while this is happening," said
While many of the improvements will not be immediately noticeable to the public, they will help the museum accommodate more functions in its auditorium and bring in more visitors. The work will also enhance safety and security for museum visitors.
The lights in the 200-seat auditorium will be brighter, and there will be more exterior lighting, which may keep away graffiti artists and provide more security to people walking in
The work will help the museum achieve its goal of increasing its annual visitors by 35 percent,
While traditional exhibits, such as the museum's display focusing on the War of 1812, attracts history buffs, the museum is learning that other types of exhibits draw a bigger crowd. The first day an exhibit showcasing the
The museum is hoping for another rush of visitors when an exhibit dedicated to
Funding for the upgrades were allocated in a past capital budget, and the work is expected to cost
The city receives
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