Public Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For February 7
To celebrate the completion of the Evansville Museum’s five phase renovation and expansion project, a public ribbon cutting with the Honorable Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is planned for Friday, February 7 at 2 p.m. The Museum is open free to the public that day until 8 p.m.
According to Museum officials, the $14.1 million capital project Reaching for the Stars “addressed key infrastructure needs, introduces a dynamic Immersive Theater, and allows the Museum to enlighten and inspire our visitors in the areas of art, history, and science in a way never before possible.”
Museum visitors will enter the new facility through a spectacular two-and-a-half story Eykamp Pavilion, constructed on the Museum’s south side. A gift from the Eykamp Family with funds from the George and Dorothy Eykamp Bequest, the Pavilion’s open floor plan houses the new Koch Immersive Theater and the Begley Museum Shop. The new addition’s expansive and pedestrian friendly gathering space, the Virginia & John H. Schroeder Plaza,more closely links the Museum with EMTRAC (Evansville Museum Transportation Center), by bringing the campus into a cohesive alignment adjacent to the riverfront Greenway.
Beginning in 2009, early phases of Reaching for the Stars project focused on the interior renovation of art, history, and science galleries, collection storage and exhibition preparation areas, as well as the addition of a classroom. Architects for the project are Evansville’s VPS Architecture and RATIO Architects, INC. in Indianapolis with Danco Construction as General Contractor.