Nashville science museum plans to spend $100 million on renovations
Posted On July 2, 2021
Nashville’s science museum is about to receive a $100-million infusion of capital, with plans to expand and add more exhibits to help it become more of a destination for researchers and museums.
The $100M Capital Investment Plan from the Tennessee Science Museum Foundation (TSMF) includes $100m for construction of the new building, which is set to open in 2019, the group announced Friday.
The project, called the Vanderbilt Science Museum, was approved by the TNSPF board of trustees and is expected to open this summer.
The museum will feature exhibits on topics ranging from astronomy and space exploration to health and the environment, the nonprofit said in a statement.
The $100K plan also includes $25 million to pay for new space for the museum, with $10 million earmarked for the construction of a new museum hall and an annex to the main building.
The annex will house a conference center and a classroom.
The museum is also adding a new science museum room for children, which will feature a video room and a new lab, according to the statement.
“Nashville’s science museums are a national treasure, but the capital investments we’ve made to upgrade our facilities have allowed us to be a more appealing destination for visitors,” TSMF board member Julie O’Connell said in the statement, adding that she hopes the new investment will help the museum become a destination that locals can visit again.
The Tennessee Science Center opened in 1924 and is now one of the most visited museums in the U.S., hosting more than 300,000 visitors per year.
In 2017, the museum surpassed $1 billion in sales, according a news release.
The city’s plan includes a $25m expansion and renovation of the Vanderbilt Center for the Performing Arts, which has been in a state of disrepair for the past decade.
The Nashville Public Library will also get a new $10m office building, the first of its kind in the nation.
The expansion includes a new indoor theater, a new children’s museum and a two-story new conference room, which the TNSTF said will allow for a “further expansion of the arts and education in Nashville.”
The new facility, which includes a library, is set for completion by 2019, according the group.