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.”