CITY CONTACT: Greg Hitchin; (540) 942-6779; HitchinGE@ci.waynesboro.va.us
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VMNH To Receive Mobile Display Unit
Mobile Unit will be Open for Special Events in Downtown
Waynesboro, VA – By special arrangement with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH) will be receiving a mobile display unit for their use. The unit will be located at the site of the future Waynesboro Campus of the VMNH until the building is constructed.
The unit will be delivered to its new location in the Constitution Park parking lot at Main St. and Arch Ave. on Thursday, October 26th at 2:00 pm. It will be rebranded and outfitted with the displays from VMNH and is expected to open soon.
Media and visitors are welcome to attend the brief transfer ceremony.
“Receiving this mobile display unit is an exciting development that will allow VMNH to create temporary, indoor exhibit space directly on the site of the soon-to-be constructed museum campus in downtown Waynesboro,” said VMNH Executive Director Dr. Joe Keiper. “Museum staff are currently hard at work designing exhibit displays for the unit, which we plan to open to the public in the coming months. We are incredibly grateful to VMFA for providing us with this exceptional exhibit venue and to Senator Emmett Hanger for his key role in facilitating the transfer of the unit to VMNH.”
“I am pleased this arrangement could be worked out so the Museum of Natural History can establish a presence in Waynesboro immediately, while we continue the process of planning and funding for the establishment of a state-of-the-art branch location for the Museum here in Waynesboro,” adds Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta County).
Greg Hitchin, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, added, “We are delighted to have the addition of this mobile display unit to downtown for special events. This will be a precursor of the exhibits and displays to come in the new permanent structure.”
In addition to the mobile display unit, city and VMNH staff have updated the “future site sign” located in the parking lot with new graphics and updated information.
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