Construction starting on new exhibit at Children’s Discovery Museum

The Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal asks residents to pardon their dust (WJBC File Photo)


By Katherine Murphy

NORMAL– New energy is blowing in to Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum.

The Imagine Air exhibit will undergo an update along with it’s popular air maze – both are more than 14 years old but the rehab plan isn’t a new one –

Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum, Beth Whisman, speaking Wednesday morning to WJBC’s Scott Laughlin said the re-design hit a financial snag four years ago when grants were frozen.

The price tag on the project is $127,500 which covers design, construction and installation.

Close to $117,000 of the funding is coming from a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources – with the rest of the cost being covered by support from EDP Renewables and the CDM Foundation.

Black Friday is set as the opening date for the new exhibit.



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