Smiles were everywhere to be seen on Wednesday as the new Buckeye Imagination Museum officially opened its doors to the public.
The new facility, located next to the Renaissance Theatre, has been in the planning stages for years. Speaking about the Museum, Fred Boll, Executive Director, said “We are excited to welcome guests into our new facility, which we feel will better serve them. Our new building features a zero-level entrance and an elevator which allows us to be more accessible. It also has a parking a lot, which will be much more convenient to our guests.”
According to the Museum, “Buckeye Imagination Museum, which was part of a joint capital campaign with the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, originally purchased its new building in late 2018. Before that the building had sat vacant for roughly 15 years. Since being purchased, the building has received a new roof, new windows, new HVAC system, new electrical work, new parking lot, and completely remodeled bathrooms and flooring. Repairs were also made to the elevator.
The next phase of construction will begin in September 2022 and will consist of building the exhibits for the second-floor gallery which are designed for individuals ages 10 and up, along with outdoor improvements, and additional artwork. This phase is anticipated to conclude in late 2023/early 2024. The museum will remain open during construction.”
Follow the Buckeye Imagination Museum on Facebook for the latest information and membership details. Pictures of the ribbon cutting and interior are seen here courtesy of Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development and Downtown Mansfield, Inc..