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Major renovations at Albuquerque Museum entering homestretch

Casey Torres
September 21, 2018 06:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two down, one to go.

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Renovations and upgrades years in the planning for the Albuquerque Museum could be entering the final stretch after completion of the plan's first two phases. So far, a new entrance plaza, lobby and amphitheater have been introduced to the building, whose exhibits officials say are visited by over 2,000 students every year.

But the museum's only classroom fits only 20 at a time.

"We turn students away. We have to be limited in what age groups we reach," said Elizabeth Becker, curator of education at the museum. "There are some groups we just don't have the time or space to reach right now."

But a PNM grant could change that. The museum hopes to build a two-floor center measuring a total of 10,000 square feet, with an education gallery just adjacent to it. They would be used for community art programs, after-school programs and expanded family programs, according to Becker. 

The concept has been approved, but once the designs are given the green light, the next step for phase three will be finding more funding.

"Our hope is in upcoming bonds and private fundraising that we can get towards the next stage" Becker said.

The public will be able to weigh in on the proposed designs via bond questions next year. If approved, the final phase could take anywhere from five to 10 years to complete. But once it's done, Becker said it will make a huge difference.

"What this will let us do is provide more ongoing regular activities," she said. "There can be things happening here all the time, which is not something we can do right now."

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