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pro­fes­sor who also serves on the mu­seum board, said the mu­seum hopes to use the re­cent al­lo­ca­tion from the city to cre­ate a work­shop in the back room to build ex­hibits and a tem­per­a­ture-and hu­mid­i­ty­con­trolled ar­chive room for stor­ing ar­ti­facts — two vi­tal fa­cil­i­ties for a mu­seum to have, he said.

Right now, the mu­seum’s archives are stored in what will be a me­chan­i­cal closet for a planned el­e­va­tor, Cunningham said. See more pho­tos of the LBJ Mu­seum with this story on­line.

The cur­rent room is cramped, full of boxes stacked on boxes, and is quickly run­ning out of space, Cunningham said. The planned stor­age room will also have a sprin­kler sys­tem, he said.

The money from the county will be used to ren­o­vate the sec­ond floor into an au­di­to­rium for host­ing mu­seum events, Mi­halka­nin said. Such an au­di­to­rium could also be used for civic meet­ings or pub­lic fo­rums.

They also want a space on the sec­ond floor for vis­it­ing ex­hibits, as well as re­strooms.

The money from the city and county will pay for the work, Cunningham said.

Murdock said that if ev­ery­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plan, the ren­o­va­tions will be fin­ished by the end of the year or early next spring at the lat­est. Gomil­lion Kester Zim­mer­man Inc., a San Mar­cos ar­chi­tec­ture firm, has been se­lected to de­sign the up­grades.

“The money we’ve re­ceived from the city and county,” Murdock said, “is re­ally sig­nif­i­cant as far as the fu­ture of the mu­seum is concerned.”

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