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Take a look into Evansville Museum renovations

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The Evansville Museum is temporarily shutting its doors as it completes a major $14.1 million expansion and renovation project. 

Construction has been going on at the Evansville Museum for five years. Throughout that time they've had to close now and then to get things done, which is what's happening now.  

"We're just doing finishing touches now, putting up signs and painting things," says Josh Gilmore with the museum.

This fifth and final phase of construction at the museum is by far the biggest.

It's a 9,000 square foot addition. There's a new entrance, museum shop, and even an outdoor classroom. 

But the feature attraction is the 40 foot wide, 360 degree immersive theater. It's a huge upgrade from the museum's old planetarium with more seating and a digital projection. 

"It can do everything the old theater can do, plus it can show full dome movies. You'll be able to come and see your star shows and find out where the constellations are at night, but you'll also be able to a tornado on the dome or maybe go under the sea and see an ocean view," Gilmore says.

Guests will be able to choose from five different shows. In some cases, there are even interactive features for the audience.

"We're all very, very excited. We've seen a few shows in the theater, and it's better than we could have ever expected. We're excited to show it off to the public. I think the public is really going to enjoy what we've done," Gilmore shares.

You can check it all for yourself coming up at the big opening on February 7th. There will be a ribbon cutting outside at 2:00 p.m. 

The museum is closed Monday through Friday this week and next week, but will be open this weekend.

Beginning February 8, admission for non-members will be $5 for kids and $7 for adults.

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