The LeRoy Heritage Museum is approaching the end of a major 5-year renovation/restoration of a new larger facility for the museum. We are on schedule to finish the building by the end of July 2021. We have known that when that time came, we would need to close down for a season to disassemble the exhibits, pack the collection, move to the new facility, and rebuild the new exhibits.
As it turned out, the pandemic forced us along with everyone else to close down a year early. This gave us extra time to organize and pack the part of our collection that was in storage and prepare for the move. That means that all of our isles are filled with boxes.
Currently, hardwood flooring, baseboard, tile, lighting, and other finishing work is being completed in the hotel building. Once this is finished, and the building is cleaned up, we plan to move the part of the collection that is already packed. We anticipate this to be completed prior to Barclay Mountain Heritage Day on August 14. At that time, we will be getting the museum on Mill Street ready for the public to visit one last time to see the original museum exhibits during the event on August 14 from 10 am until 4:30 pm.
Shortly after Barclay Mountain Heritage Day, we will begin disassembling the exhibits, packing those items and moving them to the hotel. Finally, the new exhibits will be assembled during the coming fall and winter with a grand opening planned for next spring. The current museum building will become our research library.
LeRoy Heritage Museum plans to have a ribbon cutting for the completion of the new building project in October 2021 on the 125th anniversary of the grand opening of the hotel.
Even though this is a temporary inconvenience, we believe you will be pleased with the new museum and will see why it was worth the wait. While we are closed, you can still order books online, members will still receive the Monogram magazine as usual, and you can continue to contact us to donate to our collection.
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