Science Museum Oklahoma receives $12 million grant for children-focused exhibit
January 28, 2013
Science Museum Oklahoma recently received a $12 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to build a new 21,000-square-foot exhibit for young children and renovate its main entrance and lobby.
So far, the museum has raised $15 million in total toward its Capital Campaign project, but it still needs an additional $10 million to complete the work, according to Science Museum Oklahoma board chair James Farris. Farris explained that the new space will be big enough to accommodate both families and large groups. It's been suggested that this expansion will put the museum's children facilities on par with institutions across the country.
"With the award of this capital grant, they will be able to improve their visitor experience, enhance their capability to promote informal discovery learning, and continue as a strong member of the Oklahoma Museum Network," said Reynolds Foundation board chair Fred Smith. The Reynolds Foundation was established in 1954 by its namesake entrepreneur who made children's discovery on its primary areas of focus. Since inception, the foundation has committed more than $56 million to projects that fall into this category.
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