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Idaho State Museum sets Oct. 12 as reopening date

The Idaho State Museum has been closed since August 2014 to undergo a complete renovation and expansion. Photo by Teya Vitu.

The Idaho State Museum will reopen its newly expanded and renovated Julia Davis Park facility Oct. 12 after closing the museum for more than four years.

The $17 million revamp added 18,000 square feet to the 1950 structure.

The renovation has reworked the front of the museum, creating a new lobby three times the size of the old and adding a 3,500-square-foot community room to the left of the main entrance.

Most of the interior construction is complete, with work now focused on installation of exhibitions, artifacts and interactive, multimedia experiences, museum spokesman Mark Breske said.

The museum, then called the Idaho State Historical Museum, shut down at Julia Davis Park in August 2014. The museum since then has had a small temporary space on Broadway near Front Street.

Construction at Julia Davis started in June 2016.

LKV Architects of Boise was the architect. Barry Hayes Construction of Idaho Falls was the general contractor. The new museum will have all new exhibits, designed and installed by prominent museum/aquarium, zoo and theme park designer Nassal Company of Orlando, Florida.

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Teya Vitu is an Idaho Business Review reporter, covering commercial real estate, construction, transportation and whatever else may intrigue him in the moment. Join me on Twitter at @IBR_TeyaVitu.