Major Renovations Begin
at Providence Children’s Museum
Extensive changes began at Providence Children’s Museum last
week when the Museum closed for eight weeks to complete renovations to
its historic building, including the replacement of all exterior
windows and the installation of a major new exhibit.
The Museum’s exterior renovations began with repointing the
building’s brick façade and the replacement of 70 huge multi-paned
windows, which will take six weeks to complete. The building, located
in Providence’s Jewelry District, is nearly 75 years old. It housed a
printing business in the 1930s, followed by jewelry manufacturing.
Sixty years later, the building caught the interest of staff and
volunteers searching for a new home for the Children’s Museum. In 1997,
the Museum renovated the interior, created two floors of imaginative
exhibits, and added an atrium walkway, workshop, parking lot and
landscaping, all while keeping the building’s historic character. The
current exterior improvements will counter years of weather damage and
deterioration and will help reduce energy consumption and expenses.
“The new windows will be historically appropriate,” said Museum
Executive Director Janice O’Donnell, “but much more energy-efficient.”
Interior renovations will follow, including new wall and floor
coverings and, most notably, the installation of Play Power, a major
new exhibit celebrating the power of children's play. The vibrant new
learning environment will engage kids and adults in creative activities
that vividly illustrate the importance of open-ended play as they
investigate cause and effect with sound, motion, magnets, air and
light; create original musical compositions; propel objects through air
tubes; and much more.
The Museum recently launched a blog to document the exciting
renovation process. The blog, accessible through the Museum’s website
(www.childrenmuseum.org), provides readers with intriguing
behind-the-scenes photos and details and a sneak preview of Play Power.
Providence Children’s Museum and the new Play Power exhibit
open October 28 at 9 AM.
Play Power and
renovations to the Museum’s historic building are the first of several
important advancements as part of the Play Works Campaign for Kids.