Tuesday, September 25, 2012

We’re busy as bees here at the Virginia Discovery Museum! We are so excited to show you all of our
changes when we reopen on Friday.

Thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, we’re adding fun new educational elements to our
Virginia Heritage area. We know that our young visitors have enjoyed the animals in our stable, and now
they will have a chance to learn more about them. What does a pig, donkey, or chicken feel like? You’ll
soon find out.

An apple orchard is sprouting in our back gallery! Staff and dedicated volunteers are readying our
orchard just in time for this perfect fall weather. One thing unique about these apples – you can pick
them again and again.

We can’t wait to unveil our new “Little Charlottesville!” If you’ve loved dress-ups at the museum in the
past, we’ve got some wonderful surprises in store for you.

Our staff members have been working tirelessly to make these changes happen. Covered in paint
smudges from nose to toes, they have so much to keep in mind – all of these renovations must be fun,
educational, and safe for little ones. The most important project occurs near the end of renovations:
making sure that all those little nails and screws have found their way back to the tool boxes! Wood is
sanded and rough edges are smoothed before opening day.

Our open studio, normally filled with craft materials and art projects, is home to our supplies for all of
these renovations. It is here that staff members keep tools and paint organized. Need a pencil, tape
measure, drill, or paintbrush? The Open Studio is like a mini hardware store this week.

With all of the fabulous murals going up on our walls, the museum has never been more fun and
colorful. These murals will be wonderful inspiration for all of budding artist visitors we love so much.

Closing to the public also gives us a chance to do some really deep cleaning. Our hallway is being
powerwashed and sealed.

Thanks for your patience as we undergo our most extensive renovations in recent memory. We hope to
see all of our museum friends on opening day!

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