Discovery museum

Normal Council approves contract for redesign of Children’s Discovery Museum exhibit

NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – At Normal, a favorite exhibit from the city’s Children’s Discovery Museum is getting a makeover.

City Council on Monday approved a contract with Bloomington-based architectural firm Scharnett Associates to design construction plans to redesign the museum’s “Lucky Climber” exhibit. The cost of the plans will not exceed $89,400.

The redesign project is fully supported by grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Public Museums Capital Grants. The town of Normal received $568,700 to replace the exhibit.

If the project exceeds this amount, the City may be reimbursed by the State.

Staff said the purpose of the redesign was to offer something new to visitors who use the museum. The new design will also be easier to remove viruses.

Chemberly Cummings, a former board member of the Children’s Discovery Museum, said it was great to see the project get started as it’s something she had hoped to get started.

“I tip my hat to the team for finally getting it right. We know it takes time sometimes, we knew it would be a huge undertaking and cost due to the type of climber it is and its location in the building,” Cummings said.

Staff hope the project will be completed by 2023.